Europe’s Bid to Kick Russian Natural Gas Faces Opposition

Europe plans to stop buying Russian natural gas within five years by installing wind turbines and solar panels on a large scale. But in reality, a host of environmental groups, local protests and bureaucracy are in the way.

In Germany, Europe’s largest Russian gas customer, wildlife groups regularly challenge wind farms, extending their approval period to more than five years. In Italy, Europe’s second-biggest consumer of Russian gas, authorities reject 90% of all wind energy projects. Licensing obstacles have slowed the development of utility-scale solar farms across the continent. Regulations and public outcry in Poland, France and Hungary have prevented large areas of the country from developing wind energy. Europe’s Bid to Kick Russian Natural Gas Faces Opposition

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