EU Signals Shift to Coal, Accuses Russia of 'Rogue Moves' on Gas

Europe will temporarily pursue fossil fuel alternatives to Russian gas but these moves will not derail longer term climate change objectives, a senior European Commission official said.

Noah Browning and Nora Buli, Reuters

The European Union will temporarily shift back to coal to cope with slowing Russian gas flows, an EU official said on June 22, as a tight gas market and rocketing prices set off a race for alternative fuels.

European leaders have rounded on Russia as flows through its Nord Stream 1 pipeline were cut to just 40% of capacity, deepening an energy standoff after the invasion of Ukraine prompted Europe to impose tough sanctions on Moscow.

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