Planet Gore

Live Earth: A View from Africa

Kofi Benti, a Ghanaian academic and winner of a World Bank award, doesn’t pull any punches with his view of Live Earth:

Few people in Africa got to see Al Gore and his troupe of rock-star ecologists strutting their stuff two weekends ago, because most have neither television nor electricity. That’s just as well, because they would have been aghast at Live Earth’s bizarre message.

In Africa, we have much more serious things to worry about than climate change. Indeed, if they achieve their objective the concerts will have done harm to the people of Africa.

And that’s just the beginning. Towards the end he asks whether alarmists “dislike the idea of Africans really developing.” If the answer is, “No, but they must do it at a higher cost,” then I think we know where we’re going.



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