Renewable Energy vs. Africa’s RenaissanceBy Vijay Jayaraj -- July 1, 2019 6 Comments
Thirteen of the world’s 20 least electrified countries are in Africa. Around 630 million people live without access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa.
“What will help Africa defeat energy poverty: glorified renewables or time-tested, dense, reliable conventional energies?”
The African energy renaissance never happened. Most of the continent is still in the dark and far behind the rest of the world in energy production.
Now, the challenges faced by Africa’s energy sector have only been complicated by European interests in climate policy-driven renewable energy.
What will help Africa defeat energy poverty: glorified renewables or time-tested, dense, reliable conventional energies?
African Energy Situation
Africans are very nearly 1/6th of the world’s people, but they consume just 1/30th of the world’s primary energy. Thirteen of the world’s 20 least electrified countries are in Africa.…
China’s Coal Bi-Polarity Expedites the Death of the Paris AgreementBy Vijay Jayaraj -- June 20, 2019 8 Comments
The Paris agreement’s nosedive has been expedited by the growing skepticism about man-made global warming.
However, the most significant threat to the agreement has come from countries that refuse to quench their addiction to coal. Among them is the largest consumer of coal: China.
China’s continued defiance of the anti-coal establishment has dealt a lethal blow to the future prospects of the Paris agreement. Here are some key indicators from China which suggest that the chance of a comeback for the Paris agreement is slim to none.
China’s Significance to the Paris Agreement
The Paris agreement is the United Nations’ flagship climate agreement that originally came into effect in 2015. Donald Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the agreement served as the first blow to the agreement.…
‘No Country for Radicals’: India Fights Back Against Obstructionist NonprofitsBy Vijay Jayaraj -- January 17, 2019 4 Comments
The statement from India and other nations is clear: “This is no country for radical environmentalism.” And it is not just India. China has always maintained its sovereign rights for development, and the new Brazilian government is moving towards reclaiming its energy independence.
Mark Scialla, a freelance journalist based in the United States, was deported from India two weeks ago for reportedly documenting a controversial case surrounding the operations of a copper smelting factory.
So why are countries like India becoming increasingly wary of foreign elements and their growing involvement in domestic developmental issues?
The news of the journalist’s deportation did not come as a surprise to many here in India, as we are aware of our government’s intention to weed out foreign nonprofits and journalists who seek to sabotage developmental projects.…
A Spot Coal Shortage in India: Central Planners Overrate WindBy Vijay Jayaraj -- October 10, 2018 2 Comments
“Wind turbines’ poor capacity to provide electricity was exposed last month, when [my home town in southern India] Tamil Nadu faced an unforeseen energy shortage due to a dwindling coal supply. The state had unscheduled power cuts for the first time since 2015.”
“Energy from wind turbines dropped 37 percent this year because of heavy monsoon rains. But heavy monsoon rains are not abnormal! They are blamed simply because they interrupt the turbines. Before the era of wind turbines, the rains were just as severe, but they didn’t interrupt power generation.”
This tension between economic energy and politically correct energy came into focus with a recent electricity panic in my city located in southern India.…