Mysterious pipeline leaks, clandestine oil transfers from ship to ship, dire threats – Russia’s energy war with Europe has the makings of a thriller movie. But reducing Europe’s reliance on Russian fossil fuels is serious business, as the war in Ukraine grinds on and winter approaches.

Tufts University energy scholar Amy Myers Jaffe believes more energy shocks may be coming, whether they’re driven by sabotage, Russian manipulation or manpower shortages. In this complex and unstable arena, she writes, Putin has leverage as long as European countries rely on Russia for any fossil fuels.

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