This is a couple of weeks old but I stumbled across it while on the airplane traveling home. From Master Resource, a favorite read on energy issue, comes this piece about how the developed world is trying to push “green” energy policies on Africa. Excerpt:
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.
Here’s the catch, though:
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.
Read the whole thing, of course; most of it consists of excerpts from NJ Ayuk’s speech to COP27. It’s telling; it displays, in the words of one representative, the frustration much of the developing world is feeling on energy issues.
These developing nations have no interest in playing footsie with the green energy advocates. They are sovereign nations, and are free to develop their resources to suit themselves. The catch, of course, is that they are also depending on extraction revenues – selling oil and gas on the global market – to fund their development, and the “green” movement is trying to slam that door in their faces.
It’s very ironic that it is the global Left, who make a lot of noise about colonialism, that is engaging in this neo-colonial treatment of the developing world. Energy is the key to industry; industry is the key to development; development is the key to prosperity; prosperity is the key to independent, powerful, free nations.
And here’s the real interesting bit: Through their own senseless policies, the developed – one might say post-developed – nations of western Europe may be in dire need of that energy soon, the ample energy that these African nations are ready to supply. They have their own resources, of course, but are unwilling to develop them. Africa has plenty, and to spare. It seems like it would be a win-win – as fair and free trade, by necessity, always is.
If this happens, mind you, be ready for shouts from the Left about “colonizers” taking Africa’s energy. They ignore the real, painful, and condescending treatment of Africa’s energy development by much of the Western world. And frankly, Africa shouldn’t be putting up with it. If there are no customers in Europe for African oil, there are customers elsewhere.