When you boil it down, all climate alarmism and resulting policies stem from a desire to somehow control nature, on a global scale.

Commenting on energy supply matters for Africa, a smarty pants management consultant recently threw out the pithy line “ensuring a sustainable planet is not a cost-benefit assessment“, right before discussing how for hundreds of millions of Africans the sustainability of their lives actually is a cost benefit assessment – as it constantly is for most people around the world.

Overlooking the annoying corporate speak and marketing spin of such a line, the fact is that such a sentiment is absolutely ridiculous and as anti-human as it gets.

How has the fantasy-like notion of somehow “ensuring a sustainable planet” become more important than optimising the lives of billions of people around the world, above all other considerations?

And even if you fall for the bullshit, who is going to ensure a “sustainable planet” anyway?

And who defines what is sustainable, and for whom? Is New York city sustainable? Or a Tesla factory? Or Amazon Prime? Or a fidget spinner? Or a mansion by the river?

And there it is: whoever defines what is “sustainable” has all of the chips.

Such folks are clearly doing their own cost benefit analyses, for their own benefit, while telling everyone that their only concern is “the planet”.

It is such a shameless ruse that I can’t fathom why more people can’t see it, and call it out!!

As clearly shown in the quote below, the mythical “sustainability” of the 4.5 billion year old planet (which has suffered a few ups and downs in its time in the universe) is apparently now much more important than the “sustainability” of millions of people in energy poverty.

Even worse, it’s not even the sustainability of the planet we are talking about! It will clearly be fine, as any scientist will tell you, no matter what humans do.

It’s merely the hubristic concept that humans, as a collective, can somehow “ensure” the supposed “sustainability” of the entire planet – from the perspective of everyone on the planet, as a group!

As we constantly promote on this site, that kind of approach and arrogance is ridiculously unscientific, and delivering as much energy as possible to as many people as possible should be the only consideration of anyone truly interested in human development and progress.

And just admit that humans, especially on the community and individual levels that essentially all of us live our lives on, have absolutely no way to control the global climate in any real, practical and universally beneficial way.

Everything else is folly, no matter how much corporate spin and cute phrasing you use.


Africa’s fossil fuel reserves are estimated at more than $15.2 trillion based on current market value. In sub-Saharan Africa, almost 50% of export value is derived from fossil fuels with an estimated contribution to GDP from Africa’s current oil, coal and gas production at around $156.2bn. The global energy transition is putting this crucial income source at risk.

James Mackay, PwC director: energy strategy and infrastructure: “Ensuring a sustainable planet is not a cost-benefit assessment. That said, Africa must carefully consider the economic impact of a transition away from fossil fuels and associated revenues in context of the affordable pace of development and growth of the renewable energy sector.


Energy transition or access: Africa’s fossil fuel problem – ESI Africa