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The Shock of the Old, the Promise of the New

With Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the connections between energy, climate, trade, politics and conflict have never been more apparent.

A wind turbine farm near Biegen, Germany.

A wind turbine farm near Biegen, Germany.

Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

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I draft this column not quite a week into the biggest war in Europe in eight decades. I was a student of international relations and energy policy in my earlier years, but I am by no means a foreign policy expert today. I am, however, an observer of today’s energy landscape and the networks that connect, and sometimes bind, countries and molecules.