Today’s quote is from one of the best articles we’ve seen about the need to address energy poverty BEFORE climate considerations in developing countries.
If only developed countries would prioritise energy poverty in their aid and trade policies, rather than effectively doing the opposite by virtue signalling and actively removing energy supply from the global marketplace, thereby guaranteeing higher prices across the board.
But no, taking such a practical, humane approach would involve admitting that fossil fuels are essential to such discussions and solutions for the developing world, and we can’t have that, can we?….
“What’s more, Africa’s economic and energy future requires support from developed countries, “including financial resources, technology development and transfer and capacity building to aid adaptation and back increased ambitions for climate action,” as H.E. Barkindo stated. Rather than enforce “unilateral coercion measures that effect sustainable development, climate mitigation should go beyond the commercial agenda to serve men, women and households for the construction of the transition that includes energy security,” added H.E. Aissami. Accordingly, a collaborative approach between developing countries, who require an adapted strategy to mitigation, and developed countries, who hold the financial resources needed to help Africa in its energy transition and sustainable development.”