The EU has announced its intention to end its reliance on fossil fuel… by switching to another fossil fuel.
“We must get rid of our dependence on fossil fuel,” President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, tweeted. “And we already see the results: for example, American LNG deliveries are up 75%.”
An admirable commitment, you might think. Under the REPowerEU initiative, the EU is seeking to “rapidly reduce dependence on Russian fossil fuels and fast forward the green transition.”
The problem is that LNG, or liquefied natural gas, is a fossil fuel – using it as a replacement would hardly be the climate-friendly revolution that Von der Leyen was aiming for. In fact, experts have warned that LNG could be just as bad for the environment as coal.
The Tweet, unsurprisingly, has since been deleted.