Nothing like a good power plant

by Julie Walsh on April 4, 2008

Nigeria needs more power plants to be able to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. Yes, more. They have the seventh largest gas reserves in the world, but haven’t turned these into electricity. Most of the population still uses wood for cooking, as does rural India.
Last August, scientists found that these “dirty brown clouds created by millions of cooking fires in Asia contribute as much to global warming as greenhouse gas emissions.”
Plus, this past week an expert from the National Forest Conservation Council predicted that all of Nigeria’s remaining forests would be gone in twelve years, a casualty of the need for fuel. Ethiopia has already lost its forests. Those carbon sinks are gone.
And yet environmental pressure groups continue to push for energy reductions in Africa.

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