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This chapter focuses on climate change discourse and denial of anthropogenic climate change in Russia; how the Russian hydrocarbon culture positions itself regarding the climate question. The argument is that the Putin regime’s increasing dependence on hydrocarbons makes serious climate mitigation policy an impossibility. The inability to address the negative consequences of the chosen fossil fuel-based economic policy, and the social contract to which this economy is tied, pushes the regime to build a narrative that turns a problem into a social taboo. An examination of the discursive change towards climate denial shows that the Putin regime, which emphasizes Russia’s role as a conservative and authoritarian Energy Superpower and hydrocarbon culture, is the antithesis of a resilient and sustainable Russia.