Environmentalism vs. Poverty

Avoiding the generation of power using fossil fuels is a necessary goal, but alleviating the energy poverty in which millions of Central Americans find themselves is a priority.

Thursday, July 24, 2014


Bjorn Lomborg's article published in Laprensagrafica.com analyzes the difficult choice between taking measures to prevent global warming, and facilitating the use of cheap fossil fuels -carbon- for 1,200 million poor people in the world.

"... There is no doubt that burning fossil fuels is leading to a warmer climate, and that addressing this issue is important. But doing so is a matter of time and priorities. In many parts of the world, fossil fuels remain vital and will continue to be so in the coming decades as they are the only way to get people out of the smoke and the dark which energy poverty causes."

"... In the past 30 years, China brought out of poverty about 680 million people through access to modern energy, mainly driven by coal. However, this has resulted in terrible air pollution and a large increase in emissions of greenhouse gases. But it is a trade off that many developing countries would happily choose. "

"... The South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said once in the Washington Post: 'To sustain growth rates we need to create jobs, we have no choice but to build new energy generating capacity -trusting in what, for now, remains our most abundant and affordable energy source. coal '"

Developed countries, which are able to make their energy matrices 'greener' ... "... should not stand in the way of the poorest nations because they rely on coal and other fossil fuels. This approach properly puts our priorities in order. And maybe then, people will be able to cook at home without slowly killing themselves."

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