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Russia’s War in Ukraine Puts Global Energy Transition at Crossroad

Countries forced to make hard choices about how to fuel their economies.

An open-pit coal mine in Mezhdurechensk, Russia.
An open-pit coal mine in Mezhdurechensk, Russia.

Source: Bloomberg

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is upending the global transition away from fossil fuels in the fight against climate change.

In some ways, the war is slowing the shift and giving old energy new life. In others, it’s bolstering the argument that adding more electric vehicles to roads and installing additional wind turbines and solar panels can boost energy independence. In some places, both are happening at once.