Fossil Fuels for Africa! African Energy Chamber at COP 27

From MasterResource

By Robert Bradley Jr. — November 9, 2022

Ed. note: A recent manifesto from NJ Ayuk, Executive Chairman, African Energy Chamber, should be studied by social justice advocates around the world, not only the energy and environmental communities.

“… why should we in Africa give up our fossil fuels – fuels that represent solutions to some of our most pressing needs – when so many others question the wisdom of doing the same? We shouldn’t. And we shouldn’t be forced to.”

“Will fossil fuel development in Africa signal an end to all of the world’s good intentions and net zero ambitions?  Or is this an example of ‘green colonialism’?”

Africans need and deserve affordable, plentiful, reliable energies, not dilute, intermittent, parasitic ones. First class energies for first class people has been a rallying cry here at MasterResource. Paul Driessen, in particular, author of Eco-Imperialism: Green Power, Black Death, has held the banner high on the need for developing nations to employ mineral energies, not expensive, politically correct, inferior wind, solar, and batteries.

It is good to see the moral case for fossil fuels in action. Excerpts from a recent manifesto by NJ Ayuk of the African Energy Chamber to the United Nations COP27 conference (now underway) follow:

I am going to COP27 because I believe if Africa is not at the table it will be on the menu…. The way we see it, the world’s wealthy nations’ green agenda ignores Africa – or at least, it dismisses our unique needs, priorities and challenges.

The green agenda of developed nations further ignores the tremendous role that Africa’s oil and gas industry plays in generating African countries’ revenue. Oil revenues represent at least 20% of GDP in Libya, Algeria, Gabon, Chad, Angola, and The Republic of Congo.

In Nigeria, one Africa’s main oil producers, oil represents a more modest percentage of real GDP – about 6% – however, oil and gas account for 95% of foreign exchange income and 80% of government revenues.

The green agenda of wealthy nations ignores those of us who point out that natural gas has the potential to bring life-changing prosperity to the continent in the form of jobs, business opportunities, capacity building and monetization….

The wealthy nations’ green agenda does not consider how much Africa needs natural gas to bring electricity to the growing number of Africans living without it….

Around 600 million Africans lacked access to electricity before the pandemic; and it appears that this figure is growing. According to the International Energy Agency, during 2020 some gains in access were reversed, with as many as 30 million people who previously had access to electricity no longer able to afford it. 

Considering that universal access to affordable, reliable electricity is one of the UN’s sustainable development goals – meaning it’s a basic human right – the huge and growing number of Africans without electricity is morally wrong, and it cannot be ignored.

Unfortunately, climate panic and fear mongering are alive and well, and for some reason, Africa is public enemy number one. A continent that emits a negligible amount of carbon dioxide, at most, 3% of the world’s total, is being disproportionately pegged as a threat to the planet by developed nations.

In particular, the West is vilifying Africa’s energy industry because it is based on fossil fuels, even though the proportion of renewables is growing.  There’s no question that much of this anti-African oil and gas sentiment is based in fear of climate change, which is Interwoven with the sheer terror that a fossil fuel boom in Africa could be devastating to the world at large….

Prominent American climate activist Bill McKibben said that the world can’t fight climate change if Total Energies and Uganda goes through with building the East African Crude Oil Pipeline. Yes, according to McKibben, that one action will derail the entire carbon reduction scheme and offset anything any of the world’s other countries are doing to reach net zero. Seems ridiculous, doesn’t it?

What’s even more perplexing—or perhaps outlandish—is that McKibben has taken aim at a pipeline that will transport just 210,000 barrels of oil per day. That’s roughly equivalent to 1.8% of the total output of the U.S., but he claims it must be stopped, or everything falls apart. What’s the point of any climate effort anywhere if it can be undone by a relatively small pipeline that might actually be a lifeline in one of the world’s most impoverished nations?

Energy use on the continent is still very low. So low, in fact, that researchers writing in Foreign Policy magazine estimate that if the one billion people living in sub-Saharan Africa tripled electricity using natural gas, the additional emissions would equal just 0.62% of global carbon dioxide….

Energy use on the continent is so low that the average African consumes less electricity per year than an entire American family’s refrigerator….

We have to ask ourselves: Will fossil fuel development in Africa signal an end to all of the world’s good intentions and net zero ambitions?  Or is this an example of ‘green colonialism’?

I find it interesting that a Financial Times’ public poll, on the day it announced I was going to have an Oxford style debate on this issue, suggested that people are not at all convinced that African countries should abandon oil and gas – 70% of the 619 respondents took my position that Africa should make full use of its fossil fuels….

I am happy to see African energy stakeholders speaking with  a unified voice about African energy industry goals thanks to African Energy Week. Africa Oil Week did everything to divide our voices and we stood firm….

It is imperative [at COP27 in Egypt] that African leaders present a unified voice and strategy for African energy transitions. We must make Africa’s unique needs and circumstances clear and explain the critical role that oil and gas will play….

But, I would love to see Western governments, businesses, financial institutions, and organizations support our efforts… [by not] demonizing the oil and gas industry. We see it constantly, in the media, in policy and investment decisions, and in calls for Africa to leave our fossil fuels in the ground.

We see it with lawsuits to stop financing of Mozambique LNG or lawsuits to prevent Shell from even carrying out a seismic survey. Actions like these, even as Western leaders have pushed OPEC to produce oil, are not fair, and they’re not helpful. Even as western countries are pushing to increase their own production and escalating coal use.

I also would respectfully ask financial institutions to resume financing for African oil and gas projects and stop attempting to block projects like the East African Crude Oil pipeline or Mozambique’s LNG projects.

The 600 million-plus Africans without electricity are suffering. The 890 million Africans without a means of clean cooking are suffering.

I would argue that if we want to protect Africans from harm and misery, we must embrace our natural gas resources…. [Natural gas] is part of modern development, used for clean cooking, process heat, transportation, and as a feedstock for fertilizers….

Using African natural gas to fill the fertilizer feedstock gap will go a long way in mitigating those problems and putting food on the table worldwide. If Africa is allowed to develop its resources, there will be plenty of natural gas to go around….

Think about Europe, which is scrambling to line up enough oil, gas, and coal for the winter— and are looking to Africa for supplies….

So my question is, why should we in Africa give up our fossil fuels – fuels that represent solutions to some of our most pressing needs – when so many others question the wisdom of doing the same? We shouldn’t. And we shouldn’t be forced to.

Final Note

The above plea is clear about Africa and natural gas, in particular. The author, however, couches the above in political correctness (not excerpted). Africa desires to mix in wind and solar, he states, and wants to play a part in Net Zero. Ayuk also hints at manmade climate change as part of the reason for weather extremes in his area (check the time series, please).

Yes, the African Energy Chamber is playing defense at COP27. But the tide is turning. The foes of African energy are not interested in compromise but, as Ayuk notes, “green Colonialism’. The sooner NJ Ayuk and the Chamber recognize this, the faster they can help end the futile crusade against mineral energies.

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November 10, 2022 6:08 am

The population of the whole of Africa is almost the same as that of China, and what brought millions of China’s citizens out of poverty? Coal. Who is brave enough to say Africa must stay locked in poverty to possibly save the planet?

Reply to  petroalbion
November 10, 2022 6:20 am

The “brave” warmunists don’t care a bit about humans, so they will continue to push for an end to affordable and reliable energy sources.

Steve Case
Reply to  JamesB_684
November 10, 2022 8:04 am

“…warmunists don’t care a bit about humans…

I’m not looking forward to President Newsom.

Reply to  Steve Case
November 10, 2022 12:44 pm

Take him, please.

George Daddis
Reply to  petroalbion
November 10, 2022 6:43 am

The dirty secret is that as undeveloped countries become more prosperous, their population declines. That will never show in an IPCC report or model.

Reply to  George Daddis
November 10, 2022 9:37 am

The most effective thing you can do to increase prosperity and reduce birthrates is to empower and educate women. Usually this takes energy to free them from the total drudgery of a primitive life. Energy and women’s empowerment go hand in hand. And the democrats seem most opposed to that.

Janice Moore
Reply to  starzmom
November 10, 2022 11:09 am

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“You said it, sister. We are SICK AND TIRED of stupid-energy programs!

Go do your little holy thing somewhere else.

Africa wants reliable and abundant energy.

Help us — or not.

If not, get out of our way, ‘cuz we are GOING to make it happen.”

Women (and men) of Africa

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Reply to  Janice Moore
November 10, 2022 1:30 pm

Your photo reminds of a story I heard about a woman who had a small pump powered by gasoline that kept water levels in her rice paddies at the right level. The pump freed her up to do paid work. An NGO came along and gave her a pedal-powered pump that she had to pedal for 6 hours to do the same work as the gas-powered pump, and she did not have time to do work she was paid for. How is that an improvement for her???

Janice Moore
Reply to  starzmom
November 10, 2022 1:46 pm

Do Gooder/Pedal-power Market Developer:

“Oh, but, that pedal-powered piece of junk is THUSTAINABLE. You will never run out of fuel. You will never do anything but pedal, but, so what? What’s life for? Pedaling is good for you.

Did you say that there is no chance that you will run out of fuel in your lifetime?

Well! Haven’t you heard about how horrible CO2 is?

Let me tell you [a bunch of hot air]…..”

Reply to  petroalbion
November 10, 2022 7:22 pm

Obama? He said something along the lines that the youth of Africa couldn’t be allowed to have the same access to electricity as the youth in the US.

November 10, 2022 6:11 am


November 10, 2022 6:15 am

The foes of African energy are not interested in…

…their fellow humans or their welfare.

You can cut the hypocrisy with a knife. This CoP goes one further; Kerry shakes the hand of a wanted man

Go Africa

Reply to  strativarius
November 10, 2022 7:41 am

Perceptions of goodness — in the press if nowhere else — in the modern model of transnationalism salted with special and peculiar, notably transnational, labor, environmental, and social interests.

Bruce Cobb
November 10, 2022 6:29 am

But the trouble is, they want to have their cake and eat ours too. They are only too happy to blame the West for all things climate – bad weather especially, and take reparations for “clmate damages”, while claiming their right to build out fossil fuel energy systems to their heart’s desire. No. Pick one or the other.

Reply to  Bruce Cobb
November 10, 2022 7:43 am

In the modern model: they want to abort the baby… fetal-baby… person of pink, cannibalize her profitable parts, and sequester the “burden” of evidence for social, redistributive, clinical, political, and fair weather (e.g. climate stasis) causes, and have her, too.

Reply to  Bruce Cobb
November 10, 2022 12:47 pm

But reparations are for the past, and building out their fossil fuel capabilities is for the future. No problem.

November 10, 2022 7:33 am

Fossil (or hydrocarbon fuels, properly) is an emotive endorsement of the Green myth that rationalizes choosing energy production from alternative sources and methods that are neither green nor sustainable nor environmentally conscious.

November 10, 2022 7:55 am

Requiring Africa to forgo fossil fuels and bootstrap with renewables should be abhorrent to anyone valuing equity.

Reply to  aplanningengineer
November 10, 2022 11:40 am

It is rare for a leftists actions to actually match their words.

Steve Case
November 10, 2022 8:17 am

I also would respectfully ask financial institutions to resume financing for African oil and gas projects and stop attempting to block projects like the East African Crude Oil pipeline or Mozambique’s LNG projects.

Who are those “Financial Institutions”? They need to be named!

Luke B
Reply to  Steve Case
November 10, 2022 11:56 am

It’s not just financial institutions. Consider this for instance: an insurance
company (Munich Re) which refused to insure it on the basis of its ESG

For instance:
“Beyond our reduction targets and exclusions, we conduct rigorous ESG assessments on large-scale projects. As a result, we have not insured the East African Crude Oil Pipeline project in our direct, facultative and primary business and already informed our underwriting community correspondingly about a year ago. Our existing frameworks underline our commitment to decarbonize accompanied by respecting high business ethics.”

David Wojick
Reply to  Steve Case
November 10, 2022 3:43 pm

Certainly the Development Banks. The African Development Bank started funding fossil projects a few years back but they were brought to heel by the evergreen World Bank. Possibly the big investment banks as well, under ESG. But in fact there is oil and gas development action in Africa.

See my

November 10, 2022 9:23 am

NJ Ayuk asked a similar question about Africa giving up fossil fuels, back in 2020: “How can the Western world, or anyone for that matter, demand, that African nations leave these resources underground when it was these same resources that powered economic development everywhere else?” –

It’s a bit like COP27 itself, where 30,000 delegates fly to Egypt to tell the rest of the world they must take a bicycle or an electric bus if they want to travel anywhere. Everything we get from Gang Green stinks of hypocrisy.

Or it’s like all the green western governments buying vast amounts of stuff built using fossil fuels – like wind turbines and solar panels made in China – while telling everyone they must stop using fossil fuels to make stuff.

Or it’s like the Amazon forest in Brazil. Europe cleared its forest for economic progress. Now the Europeans are at the forefront of the campaign to prevent Brazil clearing its forest.

Like I said: Everything we get from Gang Green stinks of hypocrisy.

Reply to  Mike Jonas
November 10, 2022 11:42 am

As someone else pointed out, only the left would believe that a man with 3 mansions, 12 luxury cars, 2 yachts and a private jet, would be the best man to tell the masses that they need to take the bus.

November 10, 2022 9:29 am

china will happily partner with africa in providing carbon based energy and sharing in africa’s mineral wealth . europe and US will be left out in the cold

Reply to  garboard
November 10, 2022 11:38 am

china will happily partner with africa in providing carbon based energy and sharing in africa’s mineral wealth.

I’m not sure “partner” is the right word. They want to take it.

Reply to  Disputin
November 10, 2022 11:57 am

The “partnering” is a temporary ruse, to allow the CCP to move in and setup their forward operating bases.

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  JamesB_684
November 11, 2022 3:50 pm

probably, but the Africans threw out the Europeans and they’ll throw out the Chinese too when they decide it’s necessary

Reply to  garboard
November 10, 2022 12:10 pm

I seem to remember reading somewhere that China is building coal fired power stations in Africa. I can’t now find it. Am I wrong?

November 10, 2022 9:32 am

It is not “racist” to say that poor families have more kids. It is practical to note that the world will be better off if we can all gravitate towards the normal replacement rate (per female) of around 2.1.
How to do that> Raise the standard of living of EVERYONE to at least be able to afford to eat, go to school, and afford dry living accommodations free from climate extremes (indoors!).

This will take time, and education, but can be obtained in Africa.

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November 10, 2022 9:41 am

sorry for this but when i tried to sign up it wouldn’t accept my old user name : “ illegal letters “ it said .so i put in my email address , which worked , but now i am stuck with my email address as my username . is there any way to fix this or am i stuck with that username forever ?

Janice Moore
Reply to  garboard
November 10, 2022 10:40 am

Hi, Mr. gmail (heh),

Until a WUWT rep responds to you, here is my suggestion:

1. Log-in
2. Hover over the little person symbol to the right of your name and on the drop-down, click on “Edit Profile”
3. On the Profile page, scroll down to “Nickname” and change it to whatever name you want to have seen when you comment.
4. Below that, on the “Display Name Publicly As” select your new “Nickname”
5. Scroll WAAAAY down and click on “Update Profile”

Best wishes making that happen.

If anyone from WUWT ever does respond to you, please ask them if we HAVE to have it say, “Howdy, Username” — Ugh. Every time I see it I shake my head and cringe slightly. 😕 “Hi” or “Hello” would be so much less annoying. Howdy?!?? Why?

Your ally for truth in science,


Janice Moore
Reply to  garboard
November 11, 2022 10:18 am

Congratulations, “garboard.” 🙂 Did my instructions help, or did you solve the problem another way?

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Janice Moore
Reply to  Janice Moore
November 12, 2022 9:52 am


Hans Erren
November 10, 2022 10:05 am

Statement on LinkedIn

Janice Moore
Reply to  Hans Erren
November 10, 2022 10:46 am

Good. For. You, Mr. Ayuk!

Thank you for sharing that marvelous missive, Mr. Erren.

Janice Moore
Reply to  Hans Erren
November 10, 2022 10:51 am

… we made our case forcefully and many did not like it. Oh well.


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Reply to  Hans Erren
November 10, 2022 11:47 am

One thing I’ve always noted with leftists in general. They view it as the responsibility of others to conform to whatever will make the leftist most comfortable.

If you point out their hypocrisy, it’s your fault for making them feel uncomfortable. It is never the fault of the leftist for actually being a hypocrite.

If you disagree with them on anything, it’s your fault for creating tension. It’s never their fault for actually being wrong.

David Wojick
November 10, 2022 11:53 am

The hyper alarmist Climate Home News has attacked Ayuk as a fraud:

It takes one to know one?

Bob Hunter
November 10, 2022 1:35 pm

Can it be so simple, Wind and Solar are not cheaper than fossil fuels? Or else African Nations would be installing both. (of course, developed nations are spending billions to subsidise green energy that African nations cannot afford — will leave the creative accounting for another day)

November 10, 2022 3:01 pm

Progressives and globalists don’t care a whit about impoverished people in the third world. They wouldn’t mind at all seeing all of them disappear, and in fact, probably would prefer that. Africa should do what is good for Africa. Stop depending on the charity of western nations and do it themselves. Stop crying about the shortage of electricity for the population and start building the capacity for themselves.

Edward Katz
November 10, 2022 5:47 pm

As usual the climate hypocrites are at work here. They use the excuse that Africa and the developing world in particular have been impacted the most by the richer countries’ use of fossil fuels to improve economies and living standards. Yet they’re willing to throw the developing countries under the bus by denying them that type of energy and convincing or forcing them to adopt these unreliable renewables under the guise of saving the planet.

Philip Mulholland
November 11, 2022 2:05 am

I like the idea of calling these poverty reducing resources “Mineral Fuels”.

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