No apologies: Africans say their need for oil cash outweighs climate concerns

No apologies: Africans say their need for oil cash outweighs climate concerns
Poster for the Long Beach run of Kill Climate Deniers in late 2017. (Via Kill Climate Deniers website)

[Ed. – Uh-oh. Better get weird kid Greta Thunberg over there to ball them out ASAP.]

A handful of protesters on the ground floor of the cavernous Cape Town International Convention Centre spread fake oil on the ground and chanted, demanding an end to fossil fuels.

Two floors above, the hundreds of delegates at Africa Oil Week were largely unaware – and mostly unmoved – by the display.

“Under no circumstances are we going to be apologising,” said Gabriel Obiang Lima, energy minister of Equatorial Guinea, adding that they need to exploit those resources to create jobs and boost economic development.

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“Anybody out of the continent saying we should not develop those fields, that is criminal. It is very unfair.”

The tension keenly felt at oil conferences in Europe was largely absent over the three-day event in Cape Town; there was little focus on climate change, apart from the shadow renewables cast over long-term demand.

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