Green Energy Cabal Blind to Africa’s Medical Horror Show

By Vijay Jayaraj

When the political elite call for Africa and other developing nations to adopt absurd green energy objectives, consider that they already have blood on their hands.

Those discouraging the use of fossil fuels in Africa in favor of wind and solar have played a direct role in high morbidity and mortality rates on the continent. Homes without electricity for lights and refrigerators, businesses without sufficient power to improve productivity, and millions languishing in abject poverty — all due to a lack of energy that otherwise would be available from the much-demonized fuels of coal, oil and natural gas.

Approximately half of Africans cannot get electricity when they want it. Only 14.3 percent of people in the Central African Republic have access to electricity. The combined production of power of 48 countries in sub-Saharan Africa equals the production of a single western economy like Spain.

The most devastating effect of this energy poverty is felt in health care centers, 60 percent of which in sub-Saharan Africa do not have electricity. According to the United States Agency for International Development, 100,000 public health facilities in the region have no access to reliable electricity.

“In 2012, 150 babies on oxygen concentrators at a hospital in Jinja died after utility company UMEME Uganda Limited turned off the electricity with no prior notice. In 2015, Kiboga District Hospital was without power for over a month,” reports an article from the Center for Health, Human Rights and Development in Uganda.

“Doctors said they were unable to provide even basic first aid such as sutures because they could not sterilize tools,” the article continues. “Vaccines and blood went bad because of the lack of refrigeration. Laboratories could not perform diagnostic services without power. The maternity wing was in complete darkness, and Cesarean sections could not be performed. Mothers died on their way to the capital Kampala or private clinics to access emergency obstetric care.”

This situation is not unique to the sub-Sahara. Even the advanced economy of South Africa has faced regular power blackouts and load shedding due to mismanagement by the state utility ESKOM, whose policies are now influenced by the climate movement’s hostility to fossil fuels.

In South Africa, most of the 420 hospitals and 3,000 clinics – all state-run – do not have reliable backup generators. The chairman of the South African Medical Association said, “(T)here is a huge possibility that vulnerable people going into (an operating room), having a child at a hospital or in ICU could face serious complications because of load shedding.”

One hospital in July put all surgeries on hold because of an unstable supply of electricity.

Doctors are using lights from their phones to perform surgeries and procedures in case of emergencies.

“In cases where there is a power outage, they will do their level best if they are in the middle of a procedure so that a patient can survive, especially when it is obvious that the patient’s life can be compromised if they don’t intervene and electricity won’t come back,” says Sibongiseni Delihlazo, spokesperson for the Democratic Nursing Organization of SA.

But why rely on backup when the state electricity utility ESKOM can utilize coal? Because ESKOM has committed to abandon coal in the name of climate change.

Africa’s crisis cannot be addressed without affordable and reliable energy. “Nearly $20 billion are required for universal electrification across Sub-Saharan Africa, with about $10 billion annually needed for West and Central Africa,” says Riccardo Puliti, World Bank vice president for infrastructure.

The problem is that new investments are being directed to expensive and unreliable wind and solar projects when coal is the obvious solution to Africa’s energy poverty. The African Development Bank has stopped new fundings for coal projects. So have dozens of other aid agencies based in Europe and North America.

Africans need electricity now. Not someday in the future, after their chance to survive a hospital surgery is denied by a policy maker enamored with fanciful visions of a carbon-free world.

This commentary was first published at Real Clear Energy, December 2, 2022, and can be accessed here.

Vijay Jayaraj is a Research Associate at the CO2 Coalition, Arlington, Virginia. He holds a master’s degree in environmental sciences from the University of East Anglia, UK and resides in India.

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Tom Halla
December 2, 2022 2:06 pm

But the Greens want everyone (else) to live the simple life!

Reply to  Tom Halla
December 2, 2022 3:35 pm

We can see today what Net Zero by 2050 looks like.

Len Werner
December 2, 2022 2:51 pm

Grass hut with a solar panel–just couldn’t have picked a better illustration of the concept of ‘climate colonialism’. Excellent choice.

Reply to  Len Werner
December 2, 2022 3:10 pm

Africa is where some old solar panels go to die; and it’s probably cheaper than proper hazardous waste disposal.

Reply to  Len Werner
December 3, 2022 8:39 am

The panels will probably set the hut on fire – at least the occupants will be toastie

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Chris Hanley
December 2, 2022 4:33 pm

… new investments are being directed to expensive and unreliable wind and solar projects when coal is the obvious solution to Africa’s energy poverty …

Those ‘projects’ may at least be of some use.

Reply to  Chris Hanley
December 2, 2022 4:41 pm

Of course they are of some use. They fill the pockets of people denying the natives any semblance of modernity.

Reply to  barryjo
December 3, 2022 7:35 am

Actually the people whose pockets are being filled are usually natives.

Reply to  Chris Hanley
December 3, 2022 2:28 pm

“Those ‘projects’ may at least be of some use.”

Downvoters should probably follow the link: “Solar power station at Bihar’s ‘first solar village’ is now a makeshift cattle shed”

Eamon Butler
December 2, 2022 4:54 pm

”Think of the children…” Yeah, right. Remember this next time you get that one shoved in your face.
Right now, all over the world, there are children suffering the affects of energy poverty as a result of pseudo environmental policies pursuing the phony climate crusade.

Mr Ed
December 2, 2022 7:46 pm

Excellent piece. The African people’s condition is a disgrace. Energy, clean water,
food,education, ect..
1 million children die every year in Africa just from malaria. Millions more are unable to
get an education due to illness just from the mosquitos. If one hasn’t seen the situation
first hand it’s difficult to comprehend. Whenever I see something like this article I think
of the late Dr Paul Farmer and PIH.

B Zipperer
Reply to  Mr Ed
December 2, 2022 8:43 pm

Mr Ed:
It is a disgrace, and it’s immoral how the green lobby has prevented adequate energy sources from being utilized in underdeveloped nations. I’ve heard the term “Green colonialism”.

And from the
“Globally, the World Health Organization estimates that in 2020, 241 million clinical cases of malaria occurred, and 627,000 people died of malaria, most of them children in Africa. Because malaria causes so much illness and death, the disease is a great drain on many national economies. Since many countries with malaria are already among the poorer nations, the disease maintains a vicious cycle of disease and poverty.”

Malaria is a disease of poverty.
Energy poverty is a “disease” promoted by anti-human environmentatists.

Mr Ed
Reply to  B Zipperer
December 3, 2022 8:07 am

I was given the 1 million number by Paul Farmer personally many years ago.
The ” Green Colonialism” seems a very accurate term. The Chinese owned
cobalt mines in the Congo using children as slaves to mine would be
the perfect example. It’s notable that the cobalt is used for “green” purposes..

The parallels of what’s taking place here in N America and in N Europe
in energy are striking. My personal view is that the situation won’t change
until they fail. Here in the US we are being run by extreme radical ideologue’s. I don’t believe anything I hear anymore (media).

Reply to  Mr Ed
December 3, 2022 3:52 am
Mr Ed
Reply to  ozspeaksup
December 3, 2022 8:10 am

Tnks for the link, not a bit surprised by Bill Gates being at the
center of that story. What he did in India with the IVM use
was chilling.

Martin Brumby
December 2, 2022 8:42 pm

I urge patient and caring readers who have got this far, to browse through the previous theoretical thread on “Colorful fluid dynamics”. This discusses various problems with “climate models.”

I may be just an old, curmudgeonly Chartered Engineer, but the problem with those wanting to refine the application of Navier-Stokes equations and the rest, is that the boffins care not a jot about the stark reality set out in this fine thread.

The politicians will NEVER admit that they were in error when they annointed their pick of Climate “Scientists” as The Settled Science and built a mighty Tower of Babel of graft and totally incompetent Energy Policy on top of their choice.

Even “Scientists” as blatantly fraudulent as The Mann are accepted as prophets of the future, not to be criticised, let alone held to account.

How long this “Climate Crisis” can continue unabated I am incapable of imagining, because the misanthropy and corruption have been obvious for all this Century and before.

Meanwhile African mothers and their babies will continue to die in the dark.

And the poorest and most vulnerable even in the most developed and wealthy countries will be dying of hyperthermia this Winter.

But neither the Navier-Stokes polishers, nor the inept and venal politicians care a fiddler’s fart.

Nick Graves
Reply to  Martin Brumby
December 3, 2022 1:55 am

You are all being too kind, I believe.

I suspect that The Powers That Ought Not Be simply hate Africans.

Reply to  Nick Graves
December 3, 2022 7:41 am

Not actively hate them – just don’t care.

Reply to  Disputin
December 3, 2022 3:55 pm

It isn’t either of those. If Africa modernizes, where will these people get their genuine hand crafted primitive art?

December 3, 2022 4:00 am

The BBC idiot environment reporter was on about this subject this morning. He even suggested that subsistence farmers in Kenya (who are very poor and have no electricity), stop using charcoal and wood for cooking! He has so obviously never been there or even understands the lifestyle of rural Kenyans. Any money they do have is used for the “modern” things they need like plastic plates, buckets and bowls which they can just afford. Metal is far too expensive. Would he sit in the Sun in a street trying to sell a few excess vegetables for a whole day to gain a few shillings (Kenyan currency)? This man deserves to be dropped on an isolated desert island with nothing and left for 6 months. Why he even is employed by the BBC is a disgrace.

Reply to  davezawadi
December 3, 2022 6:44 am

He doesn’t have to come up with something informative, only provocative to keep his job….

Dave Andrews
Reply to  davezawadi
December 3, 2022 7:18 am

Every time Rowlatt comes on I groan inside because I know he is just going to spout rubbish, just as he did this morning.

December 3, 2022 10:47 pm

Nothing new here. Banning DDT killed lots of brown people. Oh sure, unintended consequences and all that, but it’s not like EWG, WWF, Greenpeace or any of the other groups ever shed a tear over preventable deaths in Africa. Yes, they are THAT callous.

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