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We’ve written before about the most inconvenient truth of Joe Biden’s presidency – that his short-term political fortunes rely on gas prices getting lower, but the long-term fortunes of the country and the planet rely on people using less carbon-emitting energy.
It’s worth repeating in this summer when the effects of the climate crisis feel like they’re intensifying, with wildfires in California, a drought in the American West and an intense heat wave in Europe.
Looking for more oil in Africa. Rather than cut down on oil production, the world seems to be going in the opposite direction. As The New York Times reported on Sunday, the Democratic Republic of Congo, home to rainforests and peatlands that help control climate change, is now trying to market itself as a new destination for oil investments by auctioning land for drilling.
That report followed CNN’s in-depth look last year at the Canadian company ReconAfrica’s effort to develop what is thought to be a massive oil field with potentially 12 billion barrels of oil in Namibia.
CNN’s David McKenzie and Ingrid Formanek pointed out the painful irony: Namibia, which does not currently have a meaningful oil and gas industry like some neighboring countries, is feeling the harsh effects of climate change. It’s warming faster than other parts of the planet, which is jeopardizing its farming industry.
A fairer share. Namibia, Botswana and Congo rightly want to reap the same benefits from their land that Western countries used to become wealthy.
“Someone who is sitting in Norway and has a very good quality of life because of the oil that was found in the North Sea is now telling the world that it should run on renewables,” Niall Kramer, a South African oil industry consultant and former oil executive, said in CNN’s report last year. “If you are sitting in Africa, your incentives are very different.”
The Times identifies a similar sentiment in Congo: The auction highlights a double standard that many political leaders across the African continent have called