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Powering Countries, Empowering People: A Case Study (Part 3 of 3)

By Paul Driessen -- September 22, 2016

“Ethical people in wealthy developed countries should support the aspirations of poor families, communities and countries all over the world. They should help them address Real World health and environmental problems, while resisting calls to focus on speculative problems or implement policies that will actually worsen current conditions, disease problems and death tolls.”

[This completes the series of Part I and Part II.]

The political and intellectual elites emphasize climate change over the basics of life. These concerns were dramatically illustrated in Chad, Central Africa, where in 2009 the government banned the manufacture, importation, and use of charcoal – the sole source of fuel for 99 percent of Chadians. “Cooking is a fundamental necessity for every household,” its Environment Minister pronounced. But “with climate change every citizen must protect his environment.”

The edict sent women and children scavenging for dead branches, cow dung, grass, and anything else that burns.

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Powering Countries, Empowering People: A Case Study (Part 2 of 3)

By Paul Driessen -- September 21, 2016

[Part I yesterday and Part III tomorrow complete this series.]

Foreign aid comes with countless strings attached. It also “transfers money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries,” economist Peter Bauer frequently quipped. It is “life support for corrupt dictators,” says James Shikwati, director of Kenya’s Inter-Region Economic Network.

Seemingly perpetual aid keeps people from starving, but often stifles the development of legal, economic, and technological systems that launch nations on the road to self-sufficiency, growth, and prosperity. It has made people worse off, and increased poverty and misery, instead of reducing it. Foreign aid, says Moyo, is “the single worst decision of modern developmental politics.” [1]

Poor countries need access to investment capital to build large-scale modern power plants of every description.

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Powering Countries, Empowering People: A Case Study (Part 1 of 3)

By Paul Driessen -- September 20, 2016

“Affordable energy brings jobs, improved living standards, and pursuit of happiness. But across the globe, nearly three billion people – almost half the world’s population – still lack regular, reliable electricity. Nearly 1.3 billion people have no access to electricity.”

[Part II and Part III of this series follow.]

For 16 years, in a scene out of pre-industrial America, Thabo Molubi and his partner made furniture in South Africa’s outback, known locally as the “veld.” Lacking even a stream to turn a water wheel and machinery, they depended solely on hand and foot power. But then an electrical line reached the area.

The two installed lights, and power saws, and drills. Their productivity increased fourfold. They hired local workers to make, sell, and ship more tables and chairs, of better quality, at higher prices, to local and far away customers.

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More on Energy/Climate from Trump

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- September 19, 2016
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Profile Costs of Wind Energy: Why are Utilities Overpaying?

By Tyler McNeal -- September 15, 2016
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Green Energy Shock: Canadians Confront Climate Policy

By Allen Brooks -- September 14, 2016
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CO2 Coalition: Time to Play Offense

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- September 13, 2016
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Energy & Environmental Newsletter: September 12, 2016

By -- September 12, 2016
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Anti-Cronyism: Will the Other Political Parties Follow?

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- September 9, 2016
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Pennsylvania Job Renaissance: Fracking’s Bounty to Come

By Tracy Miller -- September 8, 2016
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