The project has highlighted the broader dilemma facing the country's next leader over how to balance green goals with the upheaval of fuel supplies.
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Efforts to get rid of dirty power are being slowed as the war hits European economies, with soaring gas and electricity prices stoking inflation and raising the specter of recession.
There are also signs the next two COPs risk being co-opted by oil interests because of the close relationship between Saudi Arabia and the host countries.
Offsets are a convenience that allows buyers to continue polluting while essentially paying someone else to adopt climate-friendly behaviors.
U.S.-China tensions loom over COP26, as does the inequality between rich and poor countries in both COVID-19 response and climate finance.
So far, nations' voluntary pledges fall far short of keeping temperature rise under 2 degrees, let alone 1.5 degrees, according to the U.N.
Global warming is the world's biggest market failure and according to a task force, the solution might just be better trading.
Before the U.S. can lead on climate change, it will first have to overcome the world's mistrust.