While Putin is putting pressure on gas supplies, Germany is reverting to coal. The last coal mines around Bexbach, Germany, were closed a decade ago, leaving the power plant plumes of pollutants as a remnant of a dying regional industry. But now factory equipment is being repaired, contractors have retired and manager Michael Lux faces a new prospect: expanding the workforce, write The Post’s Loveday Morris and Vanessa Guinan-Bank.
The push is part of a pan-European effort to dump Russian natural gas and escape Putin’s energy stranglehold. While the war in Ukraine has simultaneously boosted the European Union’s race for renewable energy, fossil fuels still offer the fastest solution.
Hassan reported from London, Fahim from Istanbul and Nichols from Seoul.