People Over Plants

Bjorn Lomborg, the man fired for requesting a cost-benefit analysis on a leading research centre's "development projects", wrote an article recently. In it, he hits the nail on the head on the debate about climate change by noting that This Child Doesn't Need a Solar Panel

It points out the many pretentious ways that climate aid donors "scramble to join the fashionable ranks ... effectively telling the world’s worst-off people, suffering from tuberculosis, malaria or malnutrition, that what they really need isn’t medicine, mosquito nets or micro nutrients, but a solar panel."

The scandal continues..

"According to the World Health Organization, three billion people suffer from the effects of indoor air pollution because they burn wood, coal or dung to cook. These people need access to affordable, reliable electricity today. Yet too often clean alternatives, because they aren’t considered “renewable,” aren’t receiving the funding they deserve."

The article points towards this study by the Center for Global Development that discovered  “more than 60 million additional people in poor nations could gain access to electricity if the Overseas Private Investment Corporation”—the U.S. government’s development finance institution—“were allowed to invest in natural gas projects, not just renewables.”

When those on the left scream "people over profits," it is high time to remember that what they're really saying is "plants over people." Articles like this proves why this strategy is fundamentally flawed, leading to the unnecessary deprivation of those who most need our help. It's time to put people over plants.

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