Russia Gas, Green Technology, and the Great Sacrifice

Article appearing in Georgetown Journal of International Affairs

  • Author:
  • Sarah Lohmann
  • Publisher: Georgetown Journal of International Affairs
  • Date: June 23, 2022

This article argues that the Russian invasion of Ukraine has highlighted the long-term energy dependencies on Moscow that Europe’s fledgling green technology will not be able to fix in the short term. While the crisis does have the power to speed their development, many renewables are not yet cyber-secured and leave even more vulnerabilities for Moscow to exploit. Europe’s late awakening to the geopolitical ramifications of its decades-long dependencies could provide hope for long-term energy source diversification and independence that allows it to meet its climate goals, but only if significant sacrifice and steadfast commitments are made from those with the most to lose—from Berlin to Riga.