Pumping British cash into African gas pipelines isn’t just a moral failure – it’s a terrible investment

Mohamed Adow, Reuters

A billion-pound British loan guarantee for a gas project in Mozambique would not make climate or financial sense

…So there’s no need for Britain to double down on failing fossil fuels in Africa when we are blessed with almost endless wind, sun and geothermal energy. Instead of pouring money into the technology of the last century, Britain could be using its world-leading expertise to help us harness our abundant renewable energy potential, and build the technology of the future.

For a lesson in climate leadership, Boris Johnson could look to Africa. Despite their lack of historic responsibility for climate change, African countries are leading the way. Rwanda recently submitted its national climate plan under the Paris Agreement, committing it to reduce emissions by 16% in the next ten years and up to 38% with support from developing countries. Net-zero commitments, like the UK’s, are under discussion in more than 30 African countries, including Mozambique.
Adow told DeSmog that the continent will not be “misled” by climate science deniers. Increasing energy access to build resilience can “only be done through sustainable energy”, he argues.

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