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African countries’ interest in fossil fuels is skyrocketing

There has been a resurgence of interest in fossil fuels in Africa, since Russia cut off gas to most of Europe in response to sanctions imposed on it by the bloc after its invasion of Europe. Ukraine on February 24, 2022, LEADERSHIP learned

Africa is on the menu again, but this time it’s a new oil and gas rush by northern governments like France, Germany, the United States and Italy, said the program director, Corporate Accountability & Public Participation Africa (CAPPA), Philip Jakpor, told LEADERSHIP.

Beyond the climate crisis that has engulfed most of Africa and the South as a whole, exacerbated by fossil fuel extractions, Jakpor said, the new fossil fuel rush will only lead to the sub- economic, social and political development by provoking conflicts and the displacement of African peoples. .

The Director of Programs revealed that over the past six months there has been a worrying backsliding from commitments by most European countries to their climate commitments at COP26 and before, adding that in a poll of 1,299 voters by the public broadcaster, ZDF between September 6-8, most Germans want their nuclear power plants kept in working order in response to Russia’s shutdown of gas supplies to that country.

“Germany, which had said it wanted to become carbon neutral by 2045 and produce all its electricity from renewable sources by 2035, now wants to abandon a plan to shut down nuclear power plants.

“In the September 2022 election, more than half of German voters called on Economy Minister Robert Habeck to keep the country’s three remaining nuclear power plants in operation to help secure energy supplies.

“Habeck, a member of the Greens party, subsequently announced that two of the plants would be kept in reserve and that only the third would be closed at the end of 2022, drawing widespread criticism from climate activists,” he said. revealed.

But there are other developments in the opposite direction, Jakpor said, adding that in May 2022 German Chancellor Olaf Scholz met with Senegalese President Macky Sall in talks centered on that country providing of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Europe. .

He added that “the gas will come from the substantial deposits of Senegal along its border with Mauritania. Italy has also committed Algeria to continue supplying additional volumes of gas beyond 2022. It is also discussing massive deals with Angola, Egypt and the Republic of Congo.

The flurry of talk about how to shore up Europe’s oil and gas stocks through these so-called investments is not good news for Africa, Jakpor warned, while revealing that, “at As the rush intensifies, the foreign military presence to protect fossil fuel investments on the continent is also growing under the guise of counterterrorism.

“Djibouti has agreed to host US naval and drone bases to deal with the crisis in the Horn of Africa. France also has a military base in Djibouti from which Spanish and German troops operate. The United States is also working with different groups in the Sahel. The secret Russian group Wagner is also present in Mali and the Central African Republic (CAR).”

He said that over the past few months, many countries on the African continent have experienced more unusual events attributable to climate change.

With these and many other examples, it is clear that the agenda the Global North will pursue at the climate talks in Egypt will not address the climate burdens that Africa currently bears, Jakpor said, while urging African governments attending COP27 in Egypt to unite against Northern appetites for fossil fuels and false solutions that will derail and delay real climate solutions.