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For lower income nations, fossil fuel debate rings hollow

Bill Spindle writes in Cipher about the push for fossil fuels in lower-income nations.

The C3 Take
  • As climate activists call for an end to fossil fuels, low-income nations are advocating for increased use of reliable energy sources.
  • Access to reliable, affordable energy is essential for countries to rise up the economic ladder, which in turn drives environmental progress.
  • Global leaders must recognize this and allow emerging economies to build out affordable, reliable energy infrastructure.
  • At the same time, developed countries should look to export clean and reliable energy to the developing world to help these nations decouple economic growth and emissions faster.

“In some cases, new fossil fuel infrastructure could still lower greenhouse gas emissions compared to previous practices. Replacing wood and other biomass fuels with liquid propane for rural home cooking would reduce emissions and improve air quality. Deploying natural gas for local industry would be better than burning (also known as flaring) or releasing (also known as venting) the gas into the atmosphere in many cases.”

Read the full article here.

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