"We argue...that the climate issues might suffer some collateral damage.
...On the face of it, Afghanistan will probably not affect Biden’s global climate agenda. After all, climate issues do not involve military interventions, forever wars, or nation-building, all of which Democrats tend to oppose. Moreover, Biden supporters want him to do more on global climate issues, not less.
However, the domestic climate agenda could be a different story. If Afghanistan continues to swamp the U.S. news cycle with the dominant narrative of a policy failure, the withdrawal will, at the minimum, crowd out climate change. But the more significant concern is that the Afghanistan fiasco narrative might reduce Biden’s ability to push for a muscular federal climate action. He will spend his political capital defending the Afghanistan withdrawal."