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Horowitz: The new colonialism: Africa rebuffs US overtures to commit energy suicide

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Not content with the controlled demolition of our own natural resources, the U.S. government and Western oligarchs are seeking to keep Africa in the dark and are using climate imperialism to do so. After Africa largely rejected the mRNA vaccination agenda the past two years, the Biden administration is trying to impose the next “emergency” fiat on African countries by preventing them from developing their lands and using their energy resources to power their people. Thankfully, one African government sees the farce for what it is, and it appears that others will follow suit.

In July, the Democratic Republic of Congo put 30 blocks of oil and gas lands up for auction to potentially be used for drilling and other development. Earlier this month, U.S. “climate envoy” John Kerry implored Congo’s prime minister to back down on the auction of some of those lands for fear that Africa would actually get out of the dark and enjoy the lifestyle we experienced in the West until fairly recently. Last week, Environment Minister Eve Bazaiba flatly declined the request. "Nobody can put pressure on us ... no convention in the world, not even the Paris Agreement, forbids a country from emitting CO2 for development reasons," she said in an interview with Reuters.

Commenting on the U.S.-Congo working group on protection of Congolese forests, Bazaiba chided the Western penchant for meddling. “This is not a working group in which a colonialist controls a colony,” she said. In other words, the Congo is not putting up with a new era of colonialism – except this time, rather than the West exploiting Africa for its gain, the West is seeking to force Africa to join it in committing civilizational suicide. Too bad American governors can’t say this to the Biden administration as the government seeks to federalize and lock up the lands in their respective states.

Ironically, the West is devolving into an uncharted post-development nation status and is regressing with acts of self-immolation by destroying its energy resources. Africa understands the power of industrialization — what African countries were lacking for a century — and wants to have what we all enjoyed until our governments were seized by energy masochists.

The Congo land-use rift occurred as Jeff Bezos' environmental fund, Bezos Earth Fund, is seeking to “conserve” 100 million hectares of land in Africa by the magical year of 2030 under the so-called AFR100 initiative. Bezos’ chief executive, Andrew Steer, had the nerve to frame this plan as the rich helping the poor rather than what it really is – the rich who can afford a greater degree of self-immolation exploiting the poor by locking up their resources in favor of useless wind and solar technology. "Rich countries are going to have to play a bigger role on creating resilience on helping poor countries and poor citizens to adapt,” said Steer at a recent Reuters conference.

But as credulous as the Western parasites think the Africans are, they are not stupid. They have not bought into the "climate emergency" narrative, don't believe the policies will affect the weather, and understand that their alternatives to oil, gas, and coal, which are natural energy produced by God on this earth, don’t work and will perpetuate and exacerbate poverty in Africa. They are watching the rationing of gas in France and the coming heating crisis in all of Europe, built on a self-imposed destruction of Western energy resources.

Incongruously, as Germany and France wallow in their misery, they are offering $600 million to South Africa to push the same climate idiocy that caused this crisis. Africans have no plan to walk down the same path to geo-political masochism, especially as South Africa is beating inflation with its own coal-producing prowess.

At the upcoming climate conference (“COP27”) in Sharm El-Sheikh, African countries plan to push an energy development agenda that directly contradicts the Western countries. "Africa has woken up and we are going to exploit our natural resources," said Uganda Energy Minister Ruth Nankabirwa Ssentamu, according to Reuters. "There is no way you can develop any economy, any society without energy," said Omar Farouk Ibrahim, secretary general of the African Petroleum Producers' Organization.

The Africans understand that there is no way to give power to 600 million sub-Saharan citizens without electricity and to almost 1 billion without access to clean energy for cooking by relying on wind farms and solar panels, which are very expensive and require so much infrastructure, ironically powered by traditional fuel sources, to operate.

In the ultimate display of irony, some of the same German leaders sponsoring green energy boondoggles and trying to rope Africa into their inane climate projects are now counting on Africa’s vast natural gas reserves to cushion the blow of their energy crisis. So why are they trying to sabotage the hand that might feed them? Old colonialist hubris?

Meanwhile, as the Biden administration implores Africa not to develop its oil and gas resources, it is begging the Saudis not to cut oil production until after the election. African leaders are starting to see through the politics of Western meddling. They don’t like the meddling, and they don’t like the example Westerners have set in their own countries. For once, Africa might be more enlightened than the West.
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