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Opinion: The West’s own myopia led us to this energy crisis

Steam rises from the cooling towers of the lignite-fired power plant of German energy giant RWE in Niederaussem, western Germany, on Jan. 17.INA FASSBENDER/AFP/Getty Images

The Group of Seven summit that begins Sunday in Germany will be all about fossil fuels amid a global energy crisis unseen in nearly five decades. The G7 leaders will talk a lot about the need to ramp up production of oil and gas in order to address energy shortages, and rates of inflation, that are making the 2020s look a lot like the 1970s.

Once again, war has served as the catalyst for a crisis whose underlying causes have to do with the complacency of Western governments in the face of shifting geopolitical dynamics. The Arab oil embargo against countries that supported Israel during the 1973 Yom Kippur War caught the world flat-footed. Unfortunately, the painful lessons of that era had been forgotten or dismissed in favour of the West’s “clean-energy” orthodoxy…

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