Energy Policy

A gasoline pump is out of service near Charlotte, North Carolina following a ransomware attack that shut down the Colonial Pipeline, on May 11.

The Colonial Pipeline Crisis Is a Taste of Things to Come

Biden must act now to protect the energy system from the rising threat of cyberattacks and natural disasters.

Yevgeny Prigozhin shows Vladimir Putin his school lunch factory.

Putin’s Shadow Warriors Stake Claim to Syria’s Oil

Companies linked to the Wagner group are snapping up oil and gas leases—with an eye to pumping influence, not oil.

A Saudi man talks on his cell phone under the shade of solar panel at a solar plant in al-Uyayna, north of Riyadh, on March 29, 2018.

Iraq Wants Aid, but Saudi Arabia and the UAE See Investment Opportunity

To help weather the coming energy transition, Gulf countries are plowing money in renewable development abroad.

Nord Stream 2 road sign in Germany

How to Break the Logjam Over Nord Stream 2

The Russo-German pipeline has zero impact on European security. But Ukraine should be helped.

A man lights a candle at a monument to Chernobyl victims.

Chernobyl Has Become a Comforting Fable

The disaster isn’t just an easy metaphor for authoritarian failures.

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen stands on a boat looking toward wind turbines in the Middelgrunden offshore wind farm in Oeresund, between Denmark and Sweden, on April 22.

Denmark’s Plan for a Green Future

For a maritime nation, curtailing transport emissions is the first step.

Representatives of the European Union and Iran attend nuclear talks at the Grand Hotel in Vienna on April 6.

Israel Should Support Biden’s Efforts to Revive the Iran Nuclear Deal

Reducing Iran’s breakout time and restoring robust monitoring are the most urgent priorities. A return to the JCPOA can achieve these goals.

The paneled roof of Blackfriars Bridge, currently the world’s largest solar-powered bridge, is seen from the south bank of the River Thames in London on July 4, 2017.

The Future of Solar Is Small

Local community projects are already powering parts of London and could pave the way for a green transition.

Solar panel technicians check a solar panel in the final stage of production in Baoding, Hebei Province.

When Clean Energy Is Powered by Dirty Labor

Most solar panels come from China, and using them to fuel a clean energy transition risks reliance on Uyghur slave labor in Xinjiang.

Angela Merkel and Joe Biden pose for photographers prior to their trilateral talks during the Munich Security Conference in Munich on Feb. 7, 2015.

Sanctions Won’t Stop Nord Stream 2. Diplomacy Will.

Quiet negotiations with Berlin can do what economic coercion can’t.

Iranian protesters demonstrate outside the Tehran Research Reactor

Europeans Fear Iran Nuclear Window Closing

The Biden administration rebuffed European pleas to lift some sanctions in its first weeks in office.

An oil facility pumps smoke.

Alberta’s Petrostate Propaganda Has Turned Conspiratorial

The pro-oil movement is increasingly straying into conspiracy theory.

Wind turbines run by the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) are seen along a ridge line in Guanacaste, Costa Rica on March 26, 2015.

A Green Recovery in Latin America

Stimulus cash in the region aims to create environmentally friendly jobs, but there is room for far more.

An employee wearing a face mask fills up a car at a gas station in Bangkok on March 9, 2020.

Is Gas About to Get Much More Expensive?

Oil prices are rising as observers debate whether it’s a blip or the start of a new supercycle.

People commute during the morning rush hour on a polluted day in Beijing's financial district on March 4.

The U.S. Doesn’t Have to Make Sacrifices to Get China’s Climate Cooperation

Beijing is sincere about fighting climate change—for its own best interests.

Policemen inspect the facilities at a coal mine in Changji in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on Feb. 21.

Meet Today’s Masters of the Universe

“The World for Sale” peels back the cover on the secretive—and sometimes shady—people who make the modern world go around.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomes Russia's President Vladimir Putin

Germany Will Never Back Down on Its Russian Pipeline

If it looks like Berlin is colluding with Moscow, that’s because it is.

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