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Live Earth Vs. Africa
Accra Mail ^ | 7/11/2007 | Kofi Benti

Posted on 07/19/2007 4:10:17 PM PDT by Argus

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.

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In Africa, we have 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.

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Please, Europe and America, spare us! You can cut your own emissions if you want, but don't tell us what to do. We really have much more serious and urgent threats to deal with. Unfortunately, our beggarly governments are very susceptible to diktats from on high, especially when they are offered aid (which they use to line the coffers of their bank accounts): don't encourage them!

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Humanity has proven itself hugely adaptable. We survived an Ice Age and a period probably much hotter than today (around 8,000 years ago). The Dutch salvaged land from the sea and built on it. In Saudi Arabia, they drink desalinated sea water. The Tuaregs adapted to the blazing heat of the Sahara and the Eskimos adapted to the freezing cold of the Arctic.

So why do the pessimists think we won't adapt to another change in climate? Why are they hyperventilating about what is likely to be a relatively minor environmental shift? Perhaps they dislike the idea of Africans really developing. But if global warming is real and does change the climate in Africa, then we will need greater wealth and access to modern technologies in order to adapt.

Schemes that bar us from those technologies and undermine economic growth will prevent us adapting to change. What will the ageing politicians and rock-star ecologists do for us then?

(Excerpt) Read more at allafrica.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: algore; globalwarming; liveearth
"Kofi Bentil is a lecturer at Ashesi University, a business strategy consultant in Accra and winner of the World Bank "Ghana Development Marketplace" award for entrepreneurship."

Obviously, Al Gore knows what's best for Africa better than this guy does.

1 posted on 07/19/2007 4:10:18 PM PDT by Argus
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To: Argus
Click on the image to see the video


2 posted on 07/19/2007 4:14:20 PM PDT by Bon mots
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To: Bon mots

For some reason, that pose of Al’s reminds me of the last Steven Segal movie.


3 posted on 07/19/2007 4:16:12 PM PDT by Argus
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To: Argus
No Food For Fuel!!
4 posted on 07/19/2007 4:18:52 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: Bon mots
Al looks a little like Jack Nickleson...”here’s Johnny!”
5 posted on 07/19/2007 5:59:26 PM PDT by Need More Cowbell (Do not Misquote Ann, she can dig her own holes)
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To: Argus

Oh, right on. Some of the most populated areas of the US (including DC & Harry Reid’s NV) were uninhabitable until air-conditioning became prevalent.
Don’t Africans merit the same living standard?
And before our highway system and the heavy use of trucks, many people in Northern climes did not have access to fresh fruits and vegetables (before anyone slams me on that, in that era we did not have frozen food either).
Don’t Africans merit the same?

It’s easy to romanticize their “culture”, but I’d bet that most Africans would relegate the culture to museums and live happily with air conditioning, central heating, sufficient food and modern medicine.
Any American who moves to the midWest, builds a sod hut, and lives on what they grow themselves is entitled to disagree with me.


6 posted on 07/19/2007 6:21:56 PM PDT by speekinout
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To: Argus
"What will the ageing politicians and rock-star ecologists do for us then?"

Like everything else, they haven't thought it through. Ethanol is supposed to replace gasoline in your car. But we don't grow enough corn to make that much ethanol. And with gov't mandated ethanol use, the price of corn is rising.

Use hydrogen instead. But burning hydrogen creates water vapor, the major heat retaining gas in the atmosphere. If everybody drove cars that burned hydrogen, the eco-freaks would be complaining about all the water vapor being produced.

7 posted on 07/19/2007 7:30:51 PM PDT by etcetera (A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity. Sigmund Freud)
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Up against the warming zealots (Documentary Producer responds to critics)
theaustalian | 07/20/2007 | milwguy
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8 posted on 07/20/2007 10:47:23 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Wednesday, July 18, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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Live Earth Vs. Africa
Accra Mail | 7/11/2007 | Kofi Benti
Posted on 07/19/2007 7:10:17 PM EDT by Argus
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1868652/posts

Up against the warming zealots (Documentary Producer responds to critics)
theaustalian | 07/20/2007 | milwguy
Posted on 07/20/2007 3:03:36 PM EDT by milwguy
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1869155/posts


9 posted on 07/20/2007 10:49:06 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Wednesday, July 18, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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Oops.


10 posted on 07/20/2007 10:49:39 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Wednesday, July 18, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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