Russia’s war reshapes the energy transition

The invasion of Ukraine has leaders making energy pivots — for better and for worse.

Russia’s brutal war on Ukraine is shining a spotlight on the complex web of energy, climate and geopolitical issues — and it arguably has already changed the global energy landscape in profound and lasting ways.

The crisis has resurrected debates on energy security and how to achieve it, with some rushing to call for increased oil and gas extraction to make up for Russian supply, while many others are underscoring the urgent need for renewable energy buildouts as a way to achieve energy independence.

On this episode of Political Climate, our hosts discuss President Biden’s new ban on Russian oil and gas imports and what it means for the U.S. energy mix. Plus, we examine the energy security aspects of Biden’s first State of the Union Address and renewed efforts to pass a reconciliation bill.

Then, in the second half of the show, we turn to an interview with Anca Gurzu, a Brussels-based correspondent for the news outlet Cipher, to discuss the European perspective on the Ukraine crisis and what it means for the future of clean energy in Europe. 

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