It’s great to see yet another important figure speaking out against restrictive energy policies that prolong energy poverty in Africa by removing fossil fuels from the supply equation.
It is immoral to create any barrier to energy usage for people currently in energy poverty, especially when the trade off is a crazy attempt to engineer a future climate scenario with absolutely no solid evidence that it will even work, in the slightest, let alone create optimal conditions for human flourishing – for everyone.
The only thing that can achieve the latter in any meaningful way is the continuing spread of energy supply to all of humanity, ensuring everyone has the tools necessary to confront and overcome a naturally chaotic climate, subject to myriad influences – and certainly not controlled by CO2…
Equatorial Guinea’s Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons, Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima, said Africa must solve its “energy poverty” problems before facing the challenges of the climate crisis.
“Africa first needs to tackle energy poverty before we can talk about the energy transition,” Lima said in a statement published today on social networks regarding his speech at the “MSGBC Oil, Gas & Power 2021” conference, which concluded on Friday. Dakar discussed energy on the continent.
“There is energy poverty. It is located in a large part of Africa. You cannot talk about the energy transition without first providing electricity to its people,” said the minister, whose country is one of the largest oil producers on the continent. Although it also contains large reserves of gas.
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