The Russian military operation in Ukraine and disruptions in global energy markets have demonstrated the urgent need to accelerate the transition to clean energy sources, Jennifer Granholm stressed.

The current situation on the energy market indicates the need to accelerate the transition to environmentally friendly energy sources. This opinion was expressed on Thursday by U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm.

According to the American minister, the Russian military operation in Ukraine “and the subsequent disruptions in the world energy markets have demonstrated the urgent need to accelerate the transition to clean energy sources.” “This will make our country more independent in energy terms and less vulnerable to the whims of dictators,” Granholm said in a written statement.

“The Ministry of Energy and this administration are actively investing in a wide range of technologies related to clean energy, they will contribute to the growth of our economy, create well-paid jobs, lower prices for American families and resist the climate crisis,” she added.

The U.S. President Joe Biden, speaking at the White House on Thursday, said that the situation with high gasoline prices at American gas stations has become a crisis. In this regard, the American leader announced the sale of 1 million barrels of oil per day from the strategic national reserve for six months, as well as the plans of a number of oil companies to increase oil production by 1 million barrels per day. Biden also called for “reducing dependence on fossil fuels” and moving to an economy based on the use of environmentally friendly energy carriers. In this regard, he used his extraordinary powers under the Law on Defense Production and obliged the Pentagon to support the country’s enterprises in the extraction and processing of minerals and materials used for high-capacity batteries, such as lithium, nickel, cobalt, graphite and manganese. Granholm in her statement supported the president’s decisions.