An Important Essay

"You cannot champion the poor, but support anti-energy policies that perpetuate poverty."

This posting is from WattsUpWithThat and was written by Paul Driessen. Please read the whole essay. 

...When an electrical line finally reached the area, they installed lights, power saws and drills. Their productivity increased fourfold, and they hired local workers to make, sell and ship far more tables and chairs of much higher quality, thereby also commanding higher prices.
Living standards soared, and local families were able to buy and enjoy lights, refrigerators, televisions, computers and other technologies that Americans and Europeans often take for granted. The area was propelled into the modern era, entrepreneurial spirits were unleashed, new businesses opened, and hundreds of newly employed workers joined the global economy...
Thousands of other African communities want the same opportunities. But for now they must continue to live without electricity, or have it only sporadically and unpredictably a few hours each week. Over 700 million Africans – and some two billion people worldwide – still lack regular, reliable electricity and must rely on toxic wood and dung fires for most or all of their heating and cooking needs...
I have long been concerned about the morality of the 'global warming' movement that seeks to block building reliable and (relatively) inexpensive electrical infrastructure. As I have stated before on this blog: That effectively condemns the poor to a low standard of living for the indefinite future. 


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