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Building the arsenal of clean energy

How Russia’s invasion of Ukraine could threaten climate goals in the U.S.

On the Political Climate podcast this week:

As nations scramble to wean themselves off of Russian energy, the U.S. has committed to supporting its European allies in their quest for energy security. American consumers are confronting the highest rate of inflation in 40 years, paying more at the pump and for their utilities than ever before.

These trends have led to an increase in U.S. oil and gas production — and to calls for even broader market expansion. But this shift could have serious implications for the clean energy transition. On this episode of Political Climate, we wrestle with how to walk the fine line between meeting today’s immediate energy demands, maintaining lower prices for American consumers and achieving our climate goals.

This is the first episode in a monthly podcast series, The Arsenal of Clean Energy: Strengthening the Bonds of Clean Energy, Innovation and Sovereignty.” The series is sponsored by Third Way, a center-left think tank championing modern solutions to the most challenging problems in U.S. policy, including the economy, national security and climate change. Learn more at

Recommended reading:

  • Third Way: Making the U.S. the world’s arsenal of clean energy
  • Politico: To beat Putin, Europe needs America’s clean energy
  • Fact Sheet: President Biden takes bold executive action to spur domestic clean energy manufacturing
  • CNBC: Inflation rose 8.6% in May, highest since 1981
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