Energy Policy

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Joe Biden

Ukraine Won’t Stop Fighting the Nord Stream Deal

Kyiv feels let down by supposed allies in Berlin and Washington.

Merkel and Biden at the White House

Biden’s Surrender to Merkel on Nord Stream 2

His support for the pipeline abandoned a bipartisan consensus, got nothing in return, and made the world less secure.

A container ship sails on the Mediterranean Sea during a thunderstorm about 20 nautical miles from Malta on Sept. 24, 2017.

Free Trade Is Dead. Risky ‘Managed Trade’ Is Here.

The old trade order has gone out the window at breathtaking speed. What comes next is very slippery.

Tubes for the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline are loaded onto a ship at the Sassnitz-Mukran port in northeastern Germany, on Dec. 12, 2019.

Why Is Ted Cruz Threatening Angela Merkel?

U.S. senators have threatened the Port of Sassnitz with “fatal measures,” but it’s worth asking what would happen if others acted the same way.

Then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden in Ukraine.

Russia Policy Puts Biden Under Pressure Across Europe

Ukraine has the most to gain in Biden’s emerging Russia policy—and the most to lose.

An Iranian woman walks past banners of ultraconservative cleric and presidential candidate Ebrahim Raisi in Tehran, Iran, on June 17.

Khamenei Wants a Nuclear Deal Before Rouhani Leaves

Blame will go to the departing president while praise will go to his handpicked successor.

Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman gives a press conference in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on Sept. 17, 2019.

Climate Policies Could Hand Power and Profits Back to OPEC

The Western rush to replace oil has Gulf producers laughing all the way to the bank.

A 12-year-old worker carries coal in the district of Jaintia Hills, India, on April 15, 2001.

The Asian Development Bank’s Green Future

The ADB won’t finance coal, but its bans on dirty fuel may not go far enough.

An offshore wind farm off South Korea

South Korea’s Big Bet on Green Energy Is Bogged Down

Seoul is building massive offshore wind farms, but fishing rights and protectionist sentiment may get in the way.

A pedestrian walks in Taiwan.

Taiwan’s Governmental Overconfidence Keeps Creating Crises

An energy shortage threatens critical semiconductor supply lines as COVID-19 surges.

Climate activists hold placards as they march from the offices of Royal Dutch Shell towards Parliament Square in London on Sept. 8, 2020.

Why Shaking Up Big Oil Could Be a Pyrrhic Victory

Cutting oil production creates new risks and may not speed climate progress—unless we ensure demand falls too.

Anti-corruption activists in Kyiv.

Ukraine Wants to Be Cryptocurrency Central

Kyiv’s big bet on digital money could backfire and make the country’s corruption problems worse.

Protesters hold smoke flares as they take part in a demonstration organized by the global environmental movement Extinction Rebellion and the Dutch climate activist group Code Rood at the Shell headquarters in The Hague on May 18.

Big Oil’s Tobacco Moment

Shell is responsible for more emissions than most countries. A new court ruling holds it accountable.

A cardboard cutout of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is used at a protest.

The Myth of a Green Canada

Is Trudeau too tied to oil and gas to put Canada on a progressive environmentalist course?

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.

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