"Hate to say it, but we need to increase oil & gas output immediately," he tweeted Friday. "Extraordinary times demand extraordinary measures."
He noted that this could hurt sales of electric cars like Tesla's but acknowledged that sustainable energy output couldn't instantly make up for lost Russian oil and gas exports.
Russia is among the world's largest producers of crude oil and natural gas, providing 10% of the supply globally and roughly 40% for the European Union. The war has strained relations between Russia and many nations, including those that buy its energy supplies.
On Tuesday, President Joe Biden outlined its plan to make the region independent of Russian fossil fuels "well before" 2030.from Russia and said European allies are working on strategies to reduce their dependence on Russian energy. The European Commission on Tuesday
"Hopefully, it is now extremely obvious that Europe should restart dormant nuclear power stations and increase power output of existing ones," he tweeted. "This is *critical* to national and international security."
The US Embassy in Kyiv on Friday, in a tweet, called on the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant a . And the invading forces are advancing toward another nuclear plant, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy told US lawmakers over the weekend.
Many countries have phased out nuclear power after accidents like partial meltdown of Pennsylvania's Three Mile Island reactor in 1979, Ukraine's in 1986 and Japan's Fukushima disaster in 2011. The Chernobyl meltdown happened while Ukraine was part of the Soviet Union; the former plant's site is currently occupied by Russian forces.
Germany shut down three nuclear plants at the end of 2021, leaving three plants active in the country.turning away from nuclear energy. In 2011, then-Chancellor Angela Merkel announced an energy transition that would phase out nuclear power and coal in favor of renewables. Germany
Meanwhile, Germany has become more dependent on Russia for its natural gas and coal supplies, Bloomberg noted. But after the invasion of Ukraine, Germany surprised Russia by halting approval of Nord Stream 2, a natural gas pipeline running from Russia to Germany.