Africans reject demands to end fossil fuel use

Africans need adaptation strategies that support economic development, jobs, access to energy 

Duggan Flanakin

As the merger of climate change and COVID panic materializes before us, “global leaders” have found developing world voices to join the crusade to “save the planet” from carbon (dioxide) “pollution.” But like their Chinese and Indian counterparts, many Africans, from heads of state to captains of industry and beyond, intend to expand reliance on fossil fuels to build their economies, not shrink it.

“Africa’s electricity demand is set to increase significantly, as the continent strives to industrialize and improve the well-being of its people,” says Oxford University researcher Galina Alova. Those who hope for rapid energy “decarbonization” in Africa will likely be disappointed.  Alova’s research found that Africa is likely to double its electricity generation by 2030, with fossil fuels providing two-thirds of the total, hydroelectric another 18% and non-hydro renewables less than a tenth. 

Such an energy mix flies in the face of the firm commitment from the Biden Administration to demand an end to all international financing of fossil-fuel-based energy projects. Biden climate envoy John Kerry won a strong endorsement of this from 450 organizations worldwide, after telling World Economic Forum members of the “plan for ending international finance of fossil fuel projects with public money.”

The Biden plan certainly comports with the Paris climate agreement and echoes the call by European Union foreign ministers to end financing of fossil fuel projects abroad, meaning primarily in Africa. Secretary of State Antony Blinken certainly believes “development finance is a powerful tool” for addressing the “climate crisis” that the U.S. intends to use to “help drive investment toward climate solutions.” (Translation: “We intend to ram decarbonization down their throats!”) And many Africans feel they must placate their self-appointed betters and accept climate change tenets.

World Bank veteran Ede Ijjasz Vasquez and Africa Growth Initiative Director Aloysius Ordu certainly think Africans must take advantage of the COVID pandemic to initiate “a great reset” of African economies according to UN Sustainable Development Goals and Paris agreement principles. 

The world, they insist, cannot afford to give Africa a pass on decarbonization – even though China and India are clearly getting a pass, largely because they are mostly financing their own projects. The US Agency for International Development (USAID) has similar anti-fossil-fuel policies. All these attitudes smell of carbon colonialism and eco-imperialism. 

Those who care about people, and eliminating poverty and disease, prefer a more temperate approach. 

In late March, investment professional Tariye Gbadegesin challenged President Biden to prioritize African nations as part of his global climate initiative. While admitting that Africa’s urban centers are swelling, “threatening more emissions,” she asserted that striking a balance between this ongoing development and its climate impact must be a global priority. For example, Nigeria could build a hybrid grid using plentiful natural gas and solar energy. Such a hybrid grid might not meet Biden-EU financing guidelines, Gbadegesin recognized, but a lot of gas is now being burned off and wasted. 

In early April, the Africa Development Bank (AfDB), Global Center for Adaptation, and Africa Adaptation Initiative held a virtual Leaders Dialogue in response to the State of the Climate in Africa 2019 report. Over 30 heads of state and other global leaders committed to prioritize actions that will help African countries both adapt to the alleged impacts of “climate change” and overcome widespread energy poverty. African Union chair Felix Tshisekedi listed “nature-based solutions, energy transition, an enhanced transparency framework, technology transfer, and climate finance” as critical adaptation areas. 

During the meeting, AfDB president Dr. Akinwumi Adesina noted the group intends to mobilize $25 billion in financing for the success of the Africa Adaptation Acceleration Program. “It is time,” he said, “for developed countries to meet their promise of providing $100 billion annually for climate finance. And a greater share of this should go to climate adaptation.” 

With developed countries struggling to recover and create jobs in the wake of COVID, and amid efforts to decarbonize their own economies, the likelihood of even $10 billion annually is slim to none. 

Moreover, this African response to the Biden-EU decarbonization initiative – relying on adaptation and balance, not carbon prohibition and eternal poverty, to achieve sustainability – reflects the 1987 Brundtland Commission report, “Our Common Future.” In it, the World Commission on Environment and Development defined “sustainable development” as development that “meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” [emphasis added] 

Back then, Commission Chair Gro Harlem Brundtland acknowledged that, “A world in which poverty is endemic will always be prone to ecological and other catastrophes.” In her view, “Meeting essential needs requires not only a new era of economic growth for nations in which the majority are poor, but an assurance that those poor get their fair share of the resources required to sustain that growth.”

US, EU and UN climate “monarchs” have long ignored Brundtland’s promises. The UN’s 20-year assessment of the document did not even mention “poverty” or “Africa.” CFACT reported that year that sub-Saharan Africa was “in very short supply of energy and power, especially electricity, and overland trade [was] greatly hindered by an almost total lack of infrastructure.” Worse, preventable lung diseases were (and still are) rampant, because people must rely on dung and wood fires for heating and cooking.

At the 2011 UN climate conference in Durban, South Africa, nuclear physicist (and CFACT advisor) Kelvin Kemm reported that African representatives were not happy. “Their general feeling,” he noted, “was that the First World is trying to push Africa around, bully African countries into accepting its opinions, and even worse [forcing Africa to adopt] its supposed ‘solutions.’”

That feeling remains. Responding to the Biden-EU renewables-only energy financing plan, W. Gyude Moore, a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development and former Liberian Minister of Public Works, suggested that “There’s this idea that, because Africa is lacking in legacy infrastructure, it’s a good canvas to paint the energy future. But no African country has volunteered itself for that.” 

With nearly 600 million Africans still lacking access to electricity, “it seems immoral to restrict options for energy sources” for the world’s poorest continent, Moore stated. He and Breakthrough Institute scholar Vijaya Ramachandran later wrote that a ban on oil and gas projects in Africa would stifle economic growth and make poor populations even more vulnerable to climate change impacts.

The top priority for most African countries is economic growth, first in agriculture, then in industry and services, Moore and Ramachandran explained. For most Africans, worries of an increased carbon footprint generated from economic growth are a distant second to worries that growth may not happen at all. In their view, people in poverty don’t just need to power a tiny refrigerator or single light bulb at home; they need abundant, affordable energy at home and at work. 

Africa’s needs are too great to be met solely with expensive, intermittent green energy technologies, its finances too stretched to afford carbon-neutral energy, Moore and Ramachandran emphasize. Keeping Africa poor “to fight climate change” will do nothing to help the people most affected by it. 

Unfortunately, President Biden, his EU allies and the “green 450” corporate crowd don’t seem to understand or care about these basic concepts. 

This arrogance makes it quite clear that “Our Common Future” is still in the future, if at all. The difference is that Africans are no longer waiting for the UN, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, or even African Development Bank to finally invest in sorely needed African infrastructure. By hook or by crook, Africans are committed to using whatever resources are available to do the job – even if it means aligning with Chinese banks, Chinese mining companies, and Chinese terms and conditions. 

Duggan Flanakin is director of policy research at the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow ( He previously coordinated publication of science research at the US Bureau of Mines and prepared reports on regulatory agencies, environmental education and science policy. 

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April 18, 2021 6:10 pm

This brings to light one of the most DESPICABLE, ANTI-HUMAN facets of the greenie anti-CO2 socialist/marxist agenda…

That being the refusal to help fund RELIABLE ENERGY STRUCTURE in places like Africa and other third world countries.

RACISM at its most evil and DISGUSTING !!

World Bank etc have a lot to answer for.

Reply to  fred250
April 18, 2021 6:25 pm

Great comment. Thanks. Fully agree. See also

Reply to  fred250
April 18, 2021 7:10 pm

Anybody else remember when being woke meant getting up & working?

Reply to  gringojay
April 18, 2021 7:20 pm

Thank you for sharing that, it has been sent on.

Al Miller
Reply to  gringojay
April 18, 2021 7:49 pm

Brilliant- sad, but brilliant.

Reply to  fred250
April 18, 2021 7:44 pm

fred250 – that is one of the most accurate short summaries that I have ever seen. On any other topic, that kind of language would be hyperbole, but in this context it is about as mild as it could be and still be accurate. The utter contempt with which western leaders treat Africa is beyond criminal, first with hundreds of thousands (millions?) of people condemned to die from Malaria when DDT could have made huge inroads into the spread if the disease, and now condemning people to die from continued poverty when reliable energy was so readily available. If the western leaders had simply not helped, that would be bad enough, but to block any possible progress in Africa at every turn is very close to mass murder.

Reply to  Mike Jonas
May 2, 2021 5:21 am

Thank you for that Fred250
I wrote something like that on my africa post but not as concise and to the point.

Reply to  fred250
April 18, 2021 8:37 pm

The principle of … “equity” … demands that all nations whose people are NOT described as “white” … be allowed to pollute with impunity, and burn all the cheap fossil fuels possible. Co2 “equity” demands that NOC (Nations of Color) be given anything necessary to overcome White, Western Capitalist … privilege. Right? Especially RED China.

H. D. Hoese
Reply to  Kenji
April 19, 2021 8:19 am

One of the dictionary definitions [as outside of statue law] of “equity” is–“… rules developed to enlarge, supplement or override a narrow rigid system of law. Equity Capital is “Venture Capital.”

Reply to  fred250
April 18, 2021 11:33 pm

Bang on, Fred.

I would have thrown in neocolonialism as well

Reply to  fred250
April 18, 2021 11:58 pm

Well tell me: in the last 50 years, exactly what has US aid or any fossil fuel company done to expand electrical generation and in particular the electric grid in African states?

Just about nothing.

Reply to  griff
April 19, 2021 5:32 am

This is a World Bank, International monetary fund issue issue..

and the reason is their moronic belief in the anti-CO2 agenda.

Stop being a childish little twerp and trying to change the subject.

It is just like you, and your DISGUSTING DECEIT to try to deflect from this issue.

You are not only a irksome prat, but show a complete disdain for the African people

You, griff, are NOTHING but a low-life RACIST.


You are also sprouting your BS FROM IGNORANCE, as usual

Tell us griff, why is EVERYTHING you type BASED ON A LIE

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Reply to  griff
April 19, 2021 7:45 am

Not there problem or role you village idiot … they aren’t a charity.

D. J. Hawkins
Reply to  LdB
April 19, 2021 12:49 pm

Not to mention that endemic graft and corruption would stymie any private initiative that doesn’t come with it’s own security force.

David A
Reply to  D. J. Hawkins
April 20, 2021 5:07 pm

Very true. China has not been shy about development, on their terms.

Abolition Man
Reply to  fred250
April 19, 2021 4:30 am

Knocking out of the park again! I would add a couple of points that are core to GangGreen!
If you believe that CO2 is a pollutant you are incredibly ignorant or insane; and should, therefore, NEVER be involved in policy decisions about energy or the environment!
If you follow the “green” agenda through to it’s logical conclusion, you end up with MOST life on Earth dying off in the next 2 or 3 million years! That may seem like a long time to some people, but geologically it is the blink of an eye!
In addition to asking alarmists why they are so dadblame racist, we need to be constantly asking them why they are trying to KILL life on Earth by treating a VITAL nutrient as a poison!
Obviously, the leaders of GangGreen don’t believe their own BS; but they’re willing to use the propaganda to build their power by instilling fear in the ignorant and uneducated! They aren’t concerned about the future; just their immediate gain! Another sign of sociopathy!

Reply to  fred250
April 19, 2021 8:22 am

Not only is Green ideology overtly racist, it doesn’t promote decreased population growth, which actually would improve the environment in the long run.  

Women everywhere in the entire world limit their family size in direct proportion to decreased infant mortality and access to contraception. Access to safe water, which depends on access to an electrical grid, is the single most important variable in infant mortality. Provide poor African women with electricity and their birthrates will (continue to) fall.

April 18, 2021 6:19 pm

The green blob hates people, especially third world people. I have seen vanishingly few denounce Paul Ehrlich, who proposed deliberate starvation in India. Obama’s science advisor, John Holdren, was a co-author with Ehrlich.

Alan the Brit
Reply to  Tom Halla
April 18, 2021 11:08 pm

Is that the same Obama who recently retired to a $4M sea-side beach front property, despite claiming alarming sea level rises in the near future? As did Al Gore do the same!!!!

April 18, 2021 6:26 pm

anyone that thinks China and the developing world believes this global warming crap….

….not one little bit

Reply to  Latitude
April 18, 2021 6:40 pm

At least China knows how to help reduce poverty and secure energy independence …

Reply to  Latitude
April 18, 2021 7:40 pm

Think about what is really going on, China, Russia, India and Africa have the same data we all have access to here at WUWT. So imagine what it must be like trying to run a foreign policy whose cornerstone is CAGW, a complete fraud, as the United States is doing? Furthermore, if countries accept US leadership, the price they have to pay is to essentially decimate their economies and future prosperity. (How likely is this?) This, along with fortified elections and printed dollars is what America has to offer the world.

I can only imagine what foreign leaders must think of John Kerry when he gets off the plane. Do they call out the fraud? Or just play along? Or do they wonder if Kerry is himself a “brainwashed” true believer?

Here is a translation from the Russian language news site, Pravda about the US climate obsession:

Americanist spoke about the prospects of the Russia-USA summit

The American side focused on a specific condition for organizing the summit: Russia must reduce its military presence on the western borders, and especially on the Ukrainian-Russian border, the expert noted.

“It is the fulfillment of this condition, according to the United States, that creates prospects both for the meeting and for the elements of cooperation that were indicated: on Afghanistan, climate, strategic stability, a nuclear deal with Iran ,” Vladimir Vasiliev said.

On the Kremlin’s website, it is about mutually beneficial cooperation . However, the United States, judging by the agenda listed, intends to discuss only the issues that are beneficial to them, the expert explained.

Russia is not interested in the US agenda

Thus, the United States is more interested in the implementation of the climate agreement today than Russia, because America relies on “green” technologies, on renewable energy sources. And Russia still relies on a hydrocarbon economy.

So, essentially the United States (the world’s only super power) is trying to gaslight the rest of the world into believing some kooky end of the world doomsday scenario cooked up in a hermetically sealed progressive think tank and the world is not having it.

And so what are the choices? The United States leads the world based on a phony climate crisis, while promoting faux-democracy based on fortified (or rigged) elections. Or China leads the world, based on “reality” and makes no pretense about being autocratic. Up until a few hundred years ago, the entire world was living in non-democratic societies and was thriving, so I am not sure China is playing a losing hand here? IMHO

Reply to  Anon
April 19, 2021 6:32 am

because America relies on “green” technologies, on renewable energy sources.”

Well NO, it doesn’t

80% of the USA’s primary energy comes from fossil fuels.

Only 2.6% from wind and about 1% from solar.

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Reply to  fred250
April 19, 2021 5:47 pm

Unless you are in a hydrocarbon rich state like Texas and decide that the success of your economy is literally dependent on how the wind blows on a given day.

In which case, it is nominally over 17% of production, but in January of 2019 around 3:15 in the morning wind generation was 56% of production.

And ERCOT brags about that while the State plunged into near catastrophe last February, and as recently as last week declared an energy emergency as temperatures plunged into the bitterly cold 50Fs.

Dennis G Sandberg
April 18, 2021 6:30 pm

Meanwhile, here in Liberal La La Land (the former Constitutional Republic) anyone supporting affordable energy development in Africa is considered a racist climate justice warrior hating white suprematist.

Reply to  Dennis G Sandberg
April 19, 2021 6:35 am

Where in REALITY, those insisting the Afican people have to live with UNRELIABLE, INTERMITTENT electricity supply, that they would never accept themselves..

They are the REAL RACISTS.

Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7
April 18, 2021 6:41 pm

By hook or by crook, Africans are committed to using whatever resources are available to do the job – even if it means aligning with Chinese banks, Chinese mining companies, and Chinese terms and conditions.

And that may be part of the plan: get US and European governments to demand unworkable energy solutions so African countries have no option other than China, for which China will demand “securities” in the form of resources and control of ports and other critical transportation hubs.

Colonialism with “Chinese characteristics”.

April 18, 2021 6:42 pm

China, laughing all the way to their bank

Reply to  Voltron
April 19, 2021 5:18 am

No one is interested to stop the spread of worldwide influence of China…

John Dueker
April 18, 2021 7:13 pm

They only want 100 billion a year Biden will call it infrastructure and send them a plane load of cash.

Al Miller
April 18, 2021 7:48 pm

How about this for a plan: We keep going with fossil fuels and when there is some great technological leap in low carbon energy people will use it willingly. Meantime all the money that is currently being wasted on on pipe dreams to placate an ideology can be used to improve the lot of people around the world.
It’s crazy I know, what the heck- let’s go with the current plan of the very wealthy few stealing ALL of the wealth and power through manipulation and lies.

Chris Nisbet
April 18, 2021 7:53 pm

This Kiwi rejects demands to end fossil fuel use too. Trouble is, I only have only vote. Our govt (voted in by a majority of the sheep, sigh) seems intent on wrecking the place.

Rod Evans
Reply to  Chris Nisbet
April 18, 2021 10:38 pm

Chris, I hear you and have to advise, there are more sheep in NZ than thinking voters.

Mike Lowe
Reply to  Chris Nisbet
April 19, 2021 12:28 pm

Indeed, with no competency except in the P.R. area. I sense a slow realisation that Cindy’s mob are determined to ally us with China, but with no decent “loyal opposition” who is to overcome the lies and deception?

Tom in Toronto
April 18, 2021 7:57 pm

“Their general feeling,” he noted, “was that the First World is trying to push Africa around, bully African countries into accepting its opinions, and even worse [forcing Africa to adopt] its supposed ‘solutions.’”

uhrm… Duh? Only sheltered first-world elites could have possibly failed to see this coming.

April 18, 2021 7:57 pm

Let’s peel back this onion ….. the UN promised “developing countries” money because they convinced them they were victims being taken advantage of by industrial nations. After not getting what they were promised those “developing countries” speak out. The UN tells them the money is not there because the creepy industrial countries want to keep what they earned. The developing countries understand and want to join the industrial nations but can’t without affordable and reliable energy. The UN not only won’t give them money because they are keeping what they have for themselves but also no money for fossil fuel exploitation. The developing countries are starting to understand the scam. AGW was never on their radar to begin with other than an excuse to belly up to the trough they were promised. Not only don’t they care about AGW they are now watching fossil fueled countries prosper and that’s what they want. The $Billions/Trillions didn’t flood the UN because virtue signaling is free. Caught in their own trap.

April 18, 2021 8:21 pm


YallaYPoora Kid
April 18, 2021 8:34 pm

If Americans refuse to finance African energy projects using fossil fuels then China will gladly. That means Africa will belong to China (if it doesn’t already).
More fool USA.

M Courtney
Reply to  YallaYPoora Kid
April 19, 2021 12:51 am

And S America too.

Andy Espersen
April 18, 2021 8:57 pm

Biden demands an end to the financing of fossil fuel power stations, fool as he is. Luckily the Chinese are not badly off – and will step in to do just that. They will, of course, assure Biden that they do not intend to do so – laughing all the way to the bank, because they will gain both monetary profit and political influence and dependency. They will be the new colonisers – and may not turn out to be as decent as the previous ones.

Richard (the cynical one)
April 18, 2021 9:14 pm

The Biden/Kerry team need to get on the ballot for one of the African nations – like maybe Zimbabwe – and get elected there, so they can force their mold-Green New (sic) Deal-of-the-hour down another country’s throat. The push back could be very educational for them.

high treason
April 18, 2021 9:48 pm

It is actually RACIST to deny Africans the benefits of fossil fuels. Certain people are trying to discriminate against them! Banning fossil fuels prevents them from developing industry and thus rising above poverty. Those calling for the ban on fossil fuels to Africans are RACISTS and need to be called out on this, especially as they are the ones who are always calling others racists.
Time to call them out.

Reply to  high treason
April 18, 2021 11:59 pm

but look, in the last 50 years, when have fossil fuel firms or national govts put any effort at all into supplying Africans with electricity?

and now they get it via solar panels and you are calling ‘racist’?

Reply to  griff
April 19, 2021 5:59 am


Why do you insist they live with NO ELECTRICITY for more than half the day.

Would you exist like that ?

Yet you expect them to, just to meet some fantasy anti-CO2 agenda.


Reply to  griff
April 19, 2021 7:48 am

As per above idiot .. fossil fuel firms aren’t a charity.

So village idiot what have you done for Africans electricity … I mean it must be your role ..right???

Abolition Man
Reply to  griff
April 19, 2021 9:08 am

Please show us your level of commitment! STOP using anything produced from the malevolent molecule; CO2, for two weeks! That would include ALL food items and any beverage beside flavored water!
You can do it! Show us how to survive without polluting ourselves! While you’re at it, be sure to stop exhaling, as every time you breathe out you are making things WORSE!

John Pickens
April 18, 2021 10:07 pm

The Democratic Party in the US demonstrably despises Black Americans and Black Africans. They are the party of slavery, Jim Crow, Planned Parenthood, higher energy prices, and now, a “blacklist” of projects to help bring low cost energy to Africa.

Abolition Man
Reply to  John Pickens
April 19, 2021 9:18 am

Never forget to include the KKK in their legacy; thus I call them the DemoKKKrats!
The second most frequent victims of lynchings in the Reconstruction Era South were white males called Republicans! They had the temerity to try and help the freed slaves get an education and vote!
The modern DemoKKKrats have destroyed the black family and their education; now they are replacing them as voters with people from south of the border! All in the name of anti-racism and equity!

Zig Zag Wanderer
April 18, 2021 10:27 pm

“It is time,” he said, “for developed countries to meet their promise of providing $100 billion annually for climate finance…”

$100 billion here, $100 billion there, and pretty soon you’re talking real money.

I guess they’ll just print more anyway. Isn’t that how they deal with costs these days? What could possibly go wrong?

Rod Evans
April 18, 2021 11:00 pm

One of the fundamentals of life is nature abhors a vacuum.
If the Western World refuses to provide financial resources to the one part of the world where massive population growth i.e. Africa demands energy to maintain its people above the poverty line, and indeed above the starvation line. Then those African people not wanting to starve, will find a way to fill their finance vacuum required to fuel their lives.
China is that other financial body, with the resources able to not just provide the finance, but more than able to design, build and manage all projects they fund in Africa. It is happening now. China is filling the vacuum at an increasing rate, as the West blocks itself out, putting imaginary Climate concerns forward, to stop essential investment.
The Western political class are not unaware of what is happening in Africa.
The open question is.
Why is the West actively stepping away from Africa, thus allowing China a completely open field to do exactly what they want?. .

April 19, 2021 12:02 am

what is the reality of coal power in Africa?

About 34 coal-fired power plants currently produce roughly 53 gigawatts, supplying one-third of the Africa’s electricity needs. 19 of these power plants are located in South Africa.

According to the Global Coal Plant Tracker website, Africa plans to establish 25 new coal power plants. The organization Energy for Growth Hub, which has examined the projects in more detail, found that only one small plant in Niger with a capacity of around 100 megawatts is to be completed soon. Nine other projects could come online in the future, but construction has not yet begun.

The remaining 14 plants have either already been canceled or are unlikely to be completed. Among them is the planned coal-fired power plant near the Kenyan coastal town of Lamu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Chinese-backed project has had its license revoked after environmentalists sued.

a tiny number of plants and very few new ones.

fossil fuel power has historically failed to provide African electrification – and coal power is NOT going to do it in the future.

Meanwhile at the grassroots, village by village, some sort of solar power trickles out: every little bit is transformative.

Reply to  griff
April 19, 2021 6:08 am

Wind and solar are CERTAINLY not going to be any use.

Africans need RELIABLE ELECTRICITY, something wind and solar CAN NEVER PROVIDE

Why do you continue your deeply racist attacks on the African people.?

… expecting them to accept UNRELIABLE ELECTRICITY as their way of life.

Its disgusting.

Current COAL capacity in South Africa 40 GW with 8GW planned

Wind capacity planned or existing 3.3Gw divide that by 3.3 for 30% supply = 1GW

Solar built or planned about 2.5Gw with basically ZERO output for half of the day.

STOP taking your DELUSIONAL pills, little griff !!

Reply to  griff
April 19, 2021 6:16 am

And of course the vast majority of so-called “renewables” in Africa is Hydro.

Where coal is readily available.. THEY USE COAL,

…. because its the MOST RELIABLE and the CHEAPEST.

Reply to  griff
April 19, 2021 6:25 am

Thanks for CONFIRMING that MUCH NEEDED POWER PLANTS are being cancelled..

You do know this is mostly because the World Bank, IMF, ADB will not help provide funding.

You have made my point for me. Well done griff the racist.

Fortunately for the Africans, in regard to electricity for regional development, China is more than willing to step into the cult-agenda driven gap.

What string will be attached, who knows…

…. but certainly, the utter stupidity of the WB, IMF etc has left a gaping NEED FOR RELIABLE ELECTRICITY for China to step into.

Reply to  griff
April 19, 2021 7:53 am

First Amu power have is since appealed the decision which is under determination … watch this space.

So are you that batsh1t crazy you think a few solar panels are going to solve the continents employment and economic problems?

Sebastian Magee
Reply to  griff
April 19, 2021 7:56 am

Exactly, Griff,
for once you are saying the truth, though it seems you cant coup with it so you try to reinterpret it.
The green activists and environmental lobbies are stopping the development of projects in Africa that have the potential to save millions of people from poverty. You just prove what has been said by everyone in this comment section.

Abolition Man
Reply to  griff
April 19, 2021 10:05 am

The World Bank and other Western financial institutions have been discouraging fossil fuel plants, especially coal, in Africa for about 20 years! Africa has abundant coal and hydro resources but has been prevented from developing them by racists like you and your co-religionists!
The ChiComs will be happy to fill the void and make many African nations their resource tributaries! Do you work for the CCP? You sure seem to be intent on making sure the ChiCom model of corporate Communism supported by slave labor is successful!
Africa WILL develop her natural resources for her own benefit; just as every other developed nation did at some point in history! Which do you think is more racist; helping them build their infrastructure to high standards, or waiting until the CCP can help themselves to African power and resources while building them dirty coal and compromised hydro facilities?

Reply to  griff
April 19, 2021 1:40 pm

…the transformative trickling out? Some sort of? Every little bit?
Strong dose of hopium, reaching.

Kiwi Gary
April 19, 2021 1:19 am

Russia is also contributing to Africa. Sufficient countries there have raised the matter of going nuclear that Russia is setting up a nuclear centre in Uganda to service that market. Russia is in serial production of 1200 MW units with 38 on their order book. Egypt has staff in Russia being trained, and Bangladesh has the foundations done for 2 units. India has a couple and is sufficiently pleased that they have ordered another 6. It may not be all that long before the “West” becomes the third world, and Africa becomes where it is all at courtesy of the pariah nations Russia and China.

April 19, 2021 1:59 am

Leftists are such evil hypocrites, who virtue signal about being for the poor and impoverished, and yet their destructive and power-seeking polices assure the poor and impoverished will remain in poverty and despair.

Prohibiting 3rd World countries from pursuing cheap, abundant, safe and essential fossil fuel energy is a death sentence to billions of the world’s poor, especially Africans, of whom are still dependent on dung, and wood to heat the hovels and cook their meager meals..

Leftists should be ashamed of themselves, but of course, the couldn’t care less about the poor as the Left is only motivated by power, money and control of economies and stealing as much wealth from hard working corporations and individuals as they can get away with.

Leftism is such a terrible plight on humanity and its amazing citizens around the world still vote for these heartless liars and fascists.

Abolition Man
Reply to  SAMURAI
April 19, 2021 10:18 am

The leftists took special care to control the education system! By controlling the narrative and filling young minds with leftist resentment and propaganda, they ensure themselves a ready supply of obedient sheeple to vote their way!
It can take decades for someone to wake up to the lies and BS! That’s why so many older voters are against the leftist programs and why the leftists want to lower the voting age to 16!
The leftist motto seems to be: keep them ignorant and full of resentment!
Why would anyone with half a brain want to be part of victimology?

April 19, 2021 4:15 am

Now who thought the day would come that Africa is the Voice of Reason?
Suck on that, libtard dweebs!

April 19, 2021 4:48 am

If only you Murricans would halve your fossil fuel use the rest of us would be galvanized-
U.S. must halve emissions to galvanize global climate action – UN chief (

PS: In case you were wondering where that specially selected pic of Graaff-Reinet is it’s a stone’s throw from the Valley of Desolation apparently.

April 19, 2021 12:40 pm

You mean Africans still know the value of money and still use the word cost?

April 19, 2021 12:47 pm

No surprise, Biden forcing African nations to sign their lives away with his bosses in Beijing.

Edward Katz
April 19, 2021 6:02 pm

I always get irritated when I hear these comfortably-ensconced environmentalists trying to decide what type of power the Developing World needs and how much of it. Easily said when you’re not the one affected by energy shortages.

Tom Abbott
April 19, 2021 7:36 pm

From the article: “All these attitudes smell of carbon colonialism and eco-imperialism.”

Yes, African nations should beat the Western Elites over the head with “carbon colonialism! That’s the most effective angle.

Jeffery P
April 20, 2021 7:10 am

Climate change activism is a well-to-do person’s game. People without reliable electricity, without safe and reliable water and lacking food security are more interested in survival and improving their lives.

Unlike the wealthy and middle class in the West, people living in poverty don’t require a secular religion such as environmentalism, social justice or other forms of wokeism to give purpose to their lives.

April 20, 2021 10:42 am

Only one problem with the outraged cries above. It isn’t happening like that. IAfrica has other options. If the WEst won’t help Africa, China and Russia will. The UN engineers these aft ideological decision with precisey this aim.

All part of the plan to reduce the power and wealth of Western nations to the profit of the poorer developing communist/totalitarian countries, who the UN sees as deserving of a bigger piece of the Malthusian limited pie. In a rational world they could simply be supporting the poorer in rising to our levels of prosperity, security and standard of living. But they want revenge for not being successful.

They would rather make Asia and Africa rich at the expense of the developed World on some vengeful zero some game that the UN controls, by controlling who can get the energy they need to prosper.

John Doran
April 24, 2021 7:00 am

A book which reveals the Malthusian, eugenicist, Darwinian & Nazi roots of the fake “environmentalist” movement: Merchants Of Despair, by PhD nuclear engineer Robert Zubrin.
Compares nuclear to coal, oil, hydro etc & the statistics force a startling conclusion: “we would need a Chernobyl EVERY DAY to rival the cost to human health & life that coal is inflicting.”
Grim in parts where he shows the frankly disgusting depopulation tactics of the old Brit & German Empires & the present US empire.

John Doran
April 24, 2021 7:09 am

A book which challenges Darwinism:
Our Occulted History, Do The Global Elite Conceal Ancient Aliens?
by genius journalist Jim Marrs, RIP.
From Sumerian clay tablets to modern NASA scientists.
Were humans created by aliens tinkering with the DNA of Homo Erectus?
Is The Moon a hollowed-out spaceship?

His Alien Agenda is a great read also.

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