Africans reject demands to end fossil fuel use

Instead, they intend to expand reliance on fossil fuels to build their economies, not shrink it.


“Duggan Flanakin recently explained how and why India is properly ignoring political and media preaching about the need for “net-zero carbon,” says Paul Driessen. “This time Flanakin explains why most Africans – especially those whose bank accounts are not fattened by support for US, EU and UN climate and energy schemes – likewise want economic development, jobs, and better health and living standards … and why they support coal, oil and natural gas to get there. They understand that wind, solar, batteries and biofuels are almost a guarantor of continued poverty, misery, disease and lack of opportunity.”


Africans reject demands to end fossil fuel use

Africans need adaptation strategies that support economic development, jobs, access to energy

Duggan Flanakin

As the merger of climate change and COVID panic materializes before us, “global leaders” have found developing world voices to join the crusade to “save the planet” from carbon (dioxide) “pollution.” But like their Chinese and Indian counterparts, many Africans, from heads of state to captains of industry and beyond, intend to expand reliance on fossil fuels to build their economies, not shrink it.

“Africa’s electricity demand is set to increase significantly, as the continent strives to industrialize and improve the well-being of its people,” says Oxford University researcher Galina Alova. Those who hope for rapid energy “decarbonization” in Africa will likely be disappointed.  Alova’s research found that Africa is likely to double its electricity generation by 2030, with fossil fuels providing two-thirds of the total, hydroelectric another 18% and non-hydro renewables less than a tenth.

Such an energy mix flies in the face of the firm commitment from the Biden Administration to demand an end to all international financing of fossil-fuel-based energy projects. Biden climate envoy John Kerry won a strong endorsement of this from 450 organizations worldwide, after telling World Economic Forum members of the “plan for ending international finance of fossil fuel projects with public money.”

“We intend to ram decarbonization down their throats!”

The Biden plan certainly comports with the Paris climate agreement and echoes the call by European Union foreign ministers to end financing of fossil fuel projects abroad, meaning primarily in Africa. Secretary of State Antony Blinken certainly believes “development finance is a powerful tool” for addressing the “climate crisis” that the U.S. intends to use to “help drive investment toward climate solutions.” (Translation: “We intend to ram decarbonization down their throats!”) And many Africans feel they must placate their self-appointed betters and accept climate change tenets.

World Bank veteran Ede Ijjasz Vasquez and Africa Growth Initiative Director Aloysius Ordu certainly think Africans must take advantage of the COVID pandemic to initiate “a great reset” of African economies according to UN Sustainable Development Goals and Paris agreement principles.

Even though China and India are clearly getting a pass

The world, they insist, cannot afford to give Africa a pass on decarbonization – even though China and India are clearly getting a pass, largely because they are mostly financing their own projects. The US Agency for International Development (USAID) has similar anti-fossil-fuel policies. All these attitudes smell of carbon colonialism and eco-imperialism.

Those who care about people, and eliminating poverty and disease, prefer a more temperate approach.

In late March, investment professional Tariye Gbadegesin challenged President Biden to prioritize African nations as part of his global climate initiative. While admitting that Africa’s urban centers are swelling, “threatening more emissions,” she asserted that striking a balance between this ongoing development and its climate impact must be a global priority. For example, Nigeria could build a hybrid grid using plentiful natural gas and solar energy. Such a hybrid grid might not meet Biden-EU financing guidelines, Gbadegesin recognized, but a lot of gas is now being burned off and wasted.

In early April, the Africa Development Bank (AfDB), Global Center for Adaptation, and Africa Adaptation Initiative held a virtual Leaders Dialogue in response to the State of the Climate in Africa 2019 report. Over 30 heads of state and other global leaders committed to prioritize actions that will help African countries both adapt to the alleged impacts of “climate change” and overcome widespread energy poverty. African Union chair Felix Tshisekedi listed “nature-based solutions, energy transition, an enhanced transparency framework, technology transfer, and climate finance” as critical adaptation areas.

During the meeting, AfDB president Dr. Akinwumi Adesina noted the group intends to mobilize $25 billion in financing for the success of the Africa Adaptation Acceleration Program. “It is time,” he said, “for developed countries to meet their promise of providing $100 billion annually for climate finance. And a greater share of this should go to climate adaptation.”

With developed countries struggling to recover and create jobs in the wake of COVID, and amid efforts to decarbonize their own economies, the likelihood of even $10 billion annually is slim to none.

Meeting the needs of the present

Moreover, this African response to the Biden-EU decarbonization initiative – relying on adaptation and balance, not carbon prohibition and eternal poverty, to achieve sustainability – reflects the 1987 Brundtland Commission report, “Our Common Future.” In it, the World Commission on Environment and Development defined “sustainable development” as development that “meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” [emphasis added]

Back then, Commission Chair Gro Harlem Brundtland acknowledged that, “A world in which poverty is endemic will always be prone to ecological and other catastrophes.” In her view, “Meeting essential needs requires not only a new era of economic growth for nations in which the majority are poor, but an assurance that those poor get their fair share of the resources required to sustain that growth.”

US, EU and UN climate “monarchs” have long ignored Brundtland’s promises. The UN’s 20-year assessment of the document did not even mention “poverty” or “Africa.” CFACT reported that year that sub-Saharan Africa was “in very short supply of energy and power, especially electricity, and overland trade [was] greatly hindered by an almost total lack of infrastructure.” Worse, preventable lung diseases were (and still are) rampant, because people must rely on dung and wood fires for heating and cooking.

At the 2011 UN climate conference in Durban, South Africa, nuclear physicist (and CFACT advisor) Kelvin Kemm reported that African representatives were not happy. “Their general feeling,” he noted, “was that the First World is trying to push Africa around, bully African countries into accepting its opinions, and even worse [forcing Africa to adopt] its supposed ‘solutions.’”

That feeling remains. Responding to the Biden-EU renewables-only energy financing plan, W. Gyude Moore, a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development and former Liberian Minister of Public Works, suggested that “There’s this idea that, because Africa is lacking in legacy infrastructure, it’s a good canvas to paint the energy future. But no African country has volunteered itself for that.”

“It seems immoral to restrict options for energy sources”

With nearly 600 million Africans still lacking access to electricity, “it seems immoral to restrict options for energy sources” for the world’s poorest continent, Moore stated. He and Breakthrough Institute scholar Vijaya Ramachandran later wrote that a ban on oil and gas projects in Africa would stifle economic growth and make poor populations even more vulnerable to climate change impacts.

The top priority for most African countries is economic growth, first in agriculture, then in industry and services, Moore and Ramachandran explained. For most Africans, worries of an increased carbon footprint generated from economic growth are a distant second to worries that growth may not happen at all. In their view, people in poverty don’t just need to power a tiny refrigerator or single light bulb at home; they need abundant, affordable energy at home and at work.

Africa’s needs are too great to be met solely with expensive, intermittent green energy technologies, its finances too stretched to afford carbon-neutral energy, Moore and Ramachandran emphasize. Keeping Africa poor “to fight climate change” will do nothing to help the people most affected by it.

Unfortunately, President Biden, his EU allies and the “green 450” corporate crowd don’t seem to understand or care about these basic concepts.

This arrogance makes it quite clear that “Our Common Future” is still in the future, if at all. The difference is that Africans are no longer waiting for the UN, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, or even African Development Bank to finally invest in sorely needed African infrastructure. By hook or by crook, Africans are committed to using whatever resources are available to do the job – even if it means aligning with Chinese banks, Chinese mining companies, and Chinese terms and conditions.

Duggan Flanakin is director of policy research at the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow ( He previously coordinated publication of science research at the US Bureau of Mines and prepared reports on regulatory agencies, environmental education and science policy.


21 thoughts on “Africans reject demands to end fossil fuel use”

  1. As the merger of climate change and COVID panic materializes before us, “global leaders” have found developing world voices to join the crusade to “save the planet” from carbon (dioxide) “pollution.” But like their Chinese and Indian counterparts, many Africans, from heads of state to captains of industry and beyond, intend to expand reliance on fossil fuels to build their economies, not shrink it. But as as capitalism evolves, it transforms from a “total surveillance capitalism” to an “extermination capitalism,” which will eliminate the excessive population who bring no profit, or lock them in a ghetto of non-development, political scientist and the leader of the Essence of Time movement Sergey Kurginyan said on April 6 on the Evening with Vladimir Solovyov program on the Russia One channel. One may think that the modernizing China and India will be allowed to develop and become prosperous if they are more compliant with the West and have “good” authorities. This opinion is wrong, Kurginyan believes. “In the world today, no one can allow one billion Indians and one and a half billion Chinese to live like Americans, i.e. to have two cars, a house, electricity, etc. This will never happen,” he said.

    If profit is the goal of capitalism, then, according to the expert, the main question arises: why keep people around who decrease profit and compete for resources? “If profit is your criterion, then you do not need this number people. They will become more and more unnecessary,” the political scientist stressed.

    By 2050, robots and 300-400 million of highly-qualified workers will be enough for capitalism to “fill the world with any goods,” the expert believes.

    Therefore, capitalism fears the growth of population and life expectancy. According to Kurginyan, its reaction is, “They will live longer, and their number will be greater! Who needs them at all? These people, billions of them, are absolutely unnecessary.”

    The political scientist proposed his view on how capitalism will resolve the overpopulation problem. “Capitalism, as it evolves further and further (and it is not true that imperialism is the final step; there is still a far way to go with many options for changes), is evolving into an extermination society, which will eliminate the majority of its population or lock it in a ghetto that has nothing to do with development,” Kurginyan said.

    The expert is confident that this is the reason why authoritarianism has been chosen as the West’s main enemy. The West has to prevent any development on the periphery, because it “undermines the key principle,” the principle of profit.

  2. (Translation: “We (high tech Kings) intend to ram decarbonization down their throats!”) And many Africans feel they must placate their self-appointed betters (techno-Lords) and accept climate change tenets.
    I am your King

    Looks like those who have the technology (intellectual h.p.) to develop an oil (hydrocarbon) or even a highly profitable soft kill eugenics industry ain’t givin’ it away no-more… er… well… maybe the Kings can let’em have some of soft kill eugenics tech to help high-grade their herds. Eugenics works – believe it.

  3. I find it hilarious that the woke, especially African American woke, love to call everyone they don’t agree with racist yet it is their policies that are responsible for millions of preventable deaths among principally people of non white heritage world wide.

    The woke, especially African American woke, are not only stupid beyond belief they are callous indifferent exploiters who deny their brethren the ability to rise above appalling poverty that none of them would tolerate !

    The people who elected Biden are among the stupidest, most racist callous bastards on Earth !


    South African variant can ‘break through’ Pfizer vaccine: Study
    Israeli study shows Pfizer-BioNTech shot less potent against B.1.351 variant than other COVID-19 mutations.

    But among patients who had received two doses of the vaccine, the variant’s prevalence rate was eight times higher than those unvaccinated – 5.4 percent versus 0.7 percent.

    This suggests the vaccine is less effective against the South African variant, compared with the original coronavirus and a variant first identified in Britain that has come to comprise nearly all COVID-19 cases in Israel, the researchers said.

    “We found a disproportionately higher rate of the South African variant among people vaccinated with a second dose, compared with the unvaccinated group. This means that the South African variant is able, to some extent, to break through the vaccine’s protection,” said Tel Aviv University’s Adi Stern who led the study.

  5. If the west do not support development in Africa China certainly will , the west is run by ideological nit wits

  6. not Allowing them decent power sources also works against the rest of the world as their famines illness and violence are in part due to their poor living standards as is their desire to escape to anywhere else they can ie illegal immigration.
    we either pay and help them develop or pay a hell of a lot more as we do now socially.

  7. This is racism on its own terms. To all those leftists who whine and cry about the need to decolonize the Third World: how is the First World telling African nations that they must use green energy rather than cheap coal (which Africa has in abundance) any different than when there was actual colonial rule? Please help me understand.

    • It’s not different from actual colonial rule. We have planetary colonization and imperialism using any convenient lie available since the truth will not do.

  8. The entire global warming/green agenda has been a scam perpetrated on weak, soft, western minds! It has been contrived entirely to subdue nations whose populaces have been dumbed down over generations! Worse, it is an arrogance that ignores all those in developing countries who want to make a living for themselves, improve their lives. They still burn cow dung for cooking/heat in Africa because the U.N. refused to provide cheap electric generators, insisting they build expensive solar and wind, while the women still die of lung cancer from breathing in the toxic smoke from those fires! But, then again, those heading these movements don’t give a damn about human life … they want to depopulate the world!!!!

  9. The US has an illegitimate, democratic fake of a government which needs to be driven from the world abroad and replaced at home. The nonsense it spews is a threat to the future of mankind in most any domain you care to name. The world needs to organize against it.

  10. Long Term Studies of Covid Vaccines To Be Invalidated.
    Makers of Moderna & Pfizer vaccines say that they will now give their placebo groups the vaccine too– because it would be unethical to withhold it from them.

    This in spite of the fact that no long term studies have been concluded, and that any “study” that has no placebo group is simply not a study.

    This is being reported by JAMA’s senior writer, and according to The BMJ the WHO and CDC approve the decisions.

    Without existence of a control group there is no basis for comparative measurement of side effects or effectiveness.

    As of April 1, 2021, VAERS had received 56,869 adverse events following COVID-19 vaccination, including 7,971 serious injuries and 2,342 deaths. Of those deaths, 28% occurred within 48 hours of vaccination. The youngest person to die was 18 years old.

    VAERS captures only a small fraction of actual statistics because individuals are commonly not knowledgeable or motivated in how to report, and physicians are discouraged to do so. It’s a voluntary system.

    • More obviously correct/racist observations… the trans-Poppy Shadow knows ’em when he sees ’em.

  11. In the Plan to displace the White Race, what better method than using this to drive immigrants from Africa, etc, into Europe and America?

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