Is the carbon tax thing dead yet?
Last I recall, the vogue solution to climate change was a carbon tax -- maybe it would be steadily rising, maybe there would be a public dividend, or something like that. And then --
So you have governments of the Right winning power in various places in Europe on the strength of voter discontent over high energy prices. Sanctions on Russian fossil energy may not be the same thing as a carbon tax. But for Europeans paying high energy prices, they might feel like the same thing.
'Course, carbon tax proponents might have paid attention to Australia, which imposed a carbon tax in 2012 only to repeal the thing two years later.
The appeal of a carbon tax is that, if fossil energy is made expensive, the consumers of energy will supposedly be given an incentive to put their money into non-fossil energy. The problem is that the consumers of energy can also game the system by putting their money into governments which keep the price of energy down.
The way you wean the world off of fossil fuels should be obvious by now: a new society is brought into being to replace the old. It would be a society based on peace instead of war, collective empowerment based on sharing instead of self-serving charity (and we know how THAT turns out), humanism instead of Calvinism. The new society puts its efforts into creating alternatives to the society based on cheap fossil energy. Relying on 'incentives" when fossil energy consumption is more or less built into the existing society isn't going to make the existing society into something beautiful.
Can we stop putting lipstick on our pigs?