Global Energy Crisis Hits Europe and China, Ripples Through Supply Chain

Gas prices are spiking and fuel shortages are leading to blackouts. The left blames climate change while the right blames a too-quick transition away from fossil fuels.


The global energy crisis is driving oil prices up, with U.S. crude hitting more than $80 a barrel, the first time in seven years.

reporting from the left side of the aisle


  • The Washington Post framed the crisis as a question over climate change and a fight between proponents and opponents of renewable energy. 
  • CNN’s report predicts the shortage could get worse with winter coming in Europe and “mounting pressure” to “accelerate the transition to cleaner energy” during a coming climate summit in November. 
  • Newsweek highlighted comments by a professor in Austria who criticized recent energy policy in Europe, which “reality has now finally caught up with ideology” as “young climate activists” were setting energy and climate policy.



  • Fox Business reported the spike in prices is a combination of factors while the Biden administration is pressuring the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries to increase production amid a rise in gas prices in the United States. 
  • Breitbart panned British Prime Minister Boris Johnson for his plan to increase taxes on gas products to pay for green energy plans. 
  • The Daily Caller framed the crisis as one of our own making as Western countries make what they consider a too-rapid shift to renewables without the necessary investments in fossil fuels to aid in the transition.

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© Dallas Gerber, 2021