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A digger descends into a copper and cobalt mine in Kawama, Democratic Republic of the Congo, on June 8, 2016.
A digger descends into a copper and cobalt mine in Kawama, Democratic Republic of the Congo, on June 8, 2016.

Green Energy’s Dirty Secret: Its Hunger for African Resources

The scramble for battery metals threatens to replicate one of the most destructive dynamics in global economic history.

A view of high-voltage transmission towers in Houston, Texas, on Feb. 21, 2021.
A view of high-voltage transmission towers in Houston, Texas, on Feb. 21, 2021.

Yes, We Need to Talk About Cutting Energy Demand

By focusing only on energy supply, the world is ignoring some of the cheapest and quickest ways to fight the crisis.

The sun sets on a deep-sea mining vessel
The sun sets on a deep-sea mining vessel

Race to the Bottom: Deep Sea Mining Is the Next Frontier

The untapped trove of metals on the ocean floor might be the key to a greener future—or an environmental catastrophe.

Colombian President-elect Gustavo Petro and Vice President-elect Francia Márquez celebrate their victory at the Movistar Arena in Bogotá on June 19.
Colombian President-elect Gustavo Petro and Vice President-elect Francia Márquez celebrate their victory at the Movistar Arena in Bogotá on June 19.

Can Petro Move Colombia Away From Oil?

If his presidency goes according to plan, the country could become the world’s biggest crude exporter to halt new exploration.

Erdogan in Albania
Erdogan in Albania

Why the West Should Make Peace With Erdogan Now

He is the one unsavory character the West urgently needs better relations with.

The Grohnde nuclear power plant
The Grohnde nuclear power plant

Germany Confronts Its Nuclear Demons

Opposition to all things nuclear was the bedrock of the modern German political psyche. Then came Russia’s war in Ukraine.

A fuel barrel lies on its side.
A fuel barrel lies on its side.

The Problem With Being a Petrostate

Is the “oil weapon” largely nonexistent?

A container is decorated with a map showing the proposed Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, a project that was scrapped after Russia invaded Ukraine, in Lubmin, Germany, on March 1.
A container is decorated with a map showing the proposed Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, a project that was scrapped after Russia invaded Ukraine, in Lubmin, Germany, on March 1.
Juan Guaidó in the Venezuelan parliament in Caracas
Juan Guaidó in the Venezuelan parliament in Caracas

Biden Sidelines Venezuelan Democracy at Summit of the Americas

The administration wants to support human rights, but it doesn’t have the courage of its convictions.

A man stands holding a tool over an oil pumping unit.
A man stands holding a tool over an oil pumping unit.

Get Ready for $150 a Barrel Oil Soon

Despite emergency measures, there’s little chance of a price drop.

Mohammad bin Salman is shown with a slight smirk on his face.
Mohammad bin Salman is shown with a slight smirk on his face.

Biden Was Always Going to Need Saudi Arabia

Trying to make Mohammed bin Salman a “pariah” was bound to fail.

Smoke billows from a large steel plant in China
Smoke billows from a large steel plant in China
Electricity workers in a boat check solar panels at a photovoltaic power station built in a fishpond in Haian, China, on July 19, 2021.
Electricity workers in a boat check solar panels at a photovoltaic power station built in a fishpond in Haian, China, on July 19, 2021.

Russia’s War Is the End of Climate Policy as We Know It

Ironically, geopolitical strife and energy scarcity will do more for the climate than decades of ardent policies.

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on high gas prices and the release of oil from the strategic reserve, in Washington, March 31.
U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on high gas prices and the release of oil from the strategic reserve, in Washington, March 31.

Biden’s Saudi Trip May Be Too Little, Too Late

Soaring oil prices require a long-term fix and are in direct conflict with the world’s green agenda. The only way out may be a major recession.

This aerial picture taken on October 16, 2021 shows trucks loaded with coal waiting near Gants Mod port at the Chinese border with Gashuun Sukhait, in Umnugovi province, in Mongolia.
This aerial picture taken on October 16, 2021 shows trucks loaded with coal waiting near Gants Mod port at the Chinese border with Gashuun Sukhait, in Umnugovi province, in Mongolia.
An aerial view of an industrial settlement in a blue sea.
An aerial view of an industrial settlement in a blue sea.
Russian energy giant Gazprom said it had stopped all gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria.
Russian energy giant Gazprom said it had stopped all gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria.

Putin’s Ukraine Gambit Was ‘Self-Defeating’

Two experts on energy and geopolitics talk about spiking prices, Russia’s war, and what that means for the climate fight.

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