cooler and wiser, except for Lurch … lecturing Africans

No CO2 warming after all, says : BOMBSHELL: Study shows greenhouse gas induced warming dropped for the past 14 years

[…] The findings contradict the main tenet of AGW theory which states increasing greenhouse gases including the primary greenhouse gas water vapor and clouds will cause an increase of downwelling longwave infrared “back-radiation.”

So US Secretary of State, Lurch,  goes and lectures Africans on greenhouse gas, getting it completely wrong: John Kerry lectures African leaders not to create more farmland for starving children because it could emit CO2

[…] During the Africa Summit “Resilience and Food Security in a Changing Climate” panel, Secretary of State John Kerry told an audience that “8,000 children die every day” and in sub-Sahara Africa, one in four suffer from chronic hunger. (video)

 

Then a few minutes later, he stressed how creating new farms would cause too much carbon population so they need to discourage more farm land.

 

 

Of course, that has always been the US Administration’s objective, not to lift them out of poverty, but reliant on US Government largesse:

  • ‘World’s poor need grid power, not just solar panels’

 

[…] Over 300,000 homes (in Kenya) are now fitted with panels, an achievement that the university’s David Ockwell praised as an example of “pro-poor, low-carbon development”.

Or is it? As Ockwell himself remarked later in conversation, a couple of panels on the roof can charge phones and run a few lights and a radio but would be no good for anything more demanding, like boiling a kettle. Most Kenyans would probably prefer to be hooked up to centralised power, but the grid only reaches one-fifth of the country.

In other words, it is not obvious that low-carbon is necessarily pro-poor. And its widespread adoption might lock poor communities into a low-carbon future that is also low-energy and low-income.

That is especially troubling if the main argument for solar power is to tackle climate change. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change argues that reducing poverty is vital to helping poor communities become more resilient. So it would be criminal if green technologies were imposed on poor people to help hold back carbon emissions – only to leave them even more vulnerable.

All this chimes with Harvard University international development specialist Calestous Juma’s argument that low-tech “solutions” to Africa’s energy problems are a continuation of disastrous 20th-century policies that led developing countries down paths of low-innovation that perpetuated poverty. Africa, Juma says, needs the latest technology, not “appropriate” technology. […]

About Tom Harley

Amateur ecologist and horticulturalist and CEO of Kimberley Environmental Horticulture Inc. (Tom Harley)
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