The timing owes nothing to chance. In a blog post published this Wednesday, November 9 in the midst of COP27, the Ugandan President accused Europe of “shameless double standards” and “hypocrisy” towards Africa on the climate issue and the energy policies.
“One rule for them, another for us”
In power since 1986, the Ugandan head of state has notably castigated the reopening of coal-fired power stations to deal with the energy crisis caused by the war in Ukraine, while Europe is asking pays Africans not to use fossil fuels. “We will not accept one rule for them and another for us,” writes Yoweri Museveni. “Europe’s inability to meet its climate targets should not be Africa’s problem,” he added, criticizing the “hypocrisy” of Europeans.
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These statements follow warnings made by African leaders during COP27 on the consequences of climate change on the continent. In February, UN climate experts (IPCC) estimated that tens of millions of people in Africa will face drought, disease and displacement due to global warming.
We will not allow Africa’s progress to fall victim to Europe’s failure to meet its own climate targets
For their part, the richest countries have not fulfilled their promises to give 100 billion dollars a year to developing countries from 2020 to help them cope with the consequences of global warming and to make their economies greener. , reaching just $83 billion, according to the UN.
“Moral Bankruptcy” of Europe
However, the imprint carbone of Africa is the lowest of all continents, accounting for around 3% of global CO2 emissions. “We will not allow Africa’s progress to fall victim to Europe’s failure to meet its own climate targets,” continued the Ugandan president.
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He also denounces the “moral bankruptcy” of Europe, which “uses Africa’s fossil fuels for its own energy production” while refusing “Africa’s use of these same fuels for its own”. .
TotalÉnergies and the Chinese company CNOOC announced in February a 10 billion dollar investment agreement with Uganda and Tanzania, including the construction of an oil pipeline of more than 1,400 kilometers linking the deposits of Lake Albert , in western Uganda, to the Tanzanian coast.
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The project, which includes drilling wells in Uganda’s largest Murchison National Park, has come up against strong opposition from environmental activists and organizations, who say it threatens the region’s fragile ecosystem and the livelihoods of tens of thousands of people.