President Joe Biden’s ambitions to finally put the U.S. on the path to confront

climate change are crashing into an election-year scramble to lower gas prices

and demonstrate tangible economic progress to voters.

As environmentalists celebrate Earth Day on Friday, the Biden administration is trying to thread

the needle, arguing that the country can keep pursuing

a climate-friendly future while keeping prices affordable.

Yet rarely have the trade-offs seemed so stark.

White House is desperate to lower the cost of a gallon of fuel

the most visible economic indicator, broadcast on huge,

neon signs at gas stations on almost every corner.