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How the war in Ukraine will change the way the world uses energy

With Russian oil and gas politically toxic, Western nations are scrambling for replacement sources of energy. The immediate future will be difficult, but the crisis could accelerate the transition to clean energy

Environment 22 March 2022

Boston - March 6: People hold a banner reading Stand with Ukraine! Stop buying Russian oil as they take part in a Peace March for Ukraine from Copley Square to Parkman Bandstand on the Boston Common in Boston on March 6, 2022. The protests marked the second straight Sunday people have marched through Boston, as Russias invasion of its neighbor entered its 11th day. (Photo by Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

Protestors in Boston, US, on 6 March highlight the problem with Russian oil

Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

In just over a month, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has displaced millions of people and killed thousands on both sides. At the same time, the war has triggered historic shifts in the world of energy. Many countries have long depended on oil and gas from Russia, which is one of the world’s top exporters of fossil fuels. But with those exports now politically toxic, they are scrambling to find other ways to meet their energy needs. …