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Southern Africa Power Plant Plans
I was left speechless when I was going through this article published by Reuters, see(http://www.iol.co.za/business/features/planned-power-projects-will-beat-...). The Africans seems to be following in the footsteps of the so-called developed countries when it comes choosing developmental
models to embark upon and the type of technologies to invest their limited resources in, especially when it comes to energy supply. I don't think
taking the easy way out is the answer right now if one considers the unsustainable future and the chaotic state of affairs the planet is facing.
We might not have contributed to the mess we are in right now but we are not taking a leading role in addressing it. I guess it boils down to big business and profit making regardless of the consequences in the not-so-distant future. All the major players in the different countries mentioned in the article can say what they want, but they are not doing anyone any favors by carrying on with the same polluting and environmentally destructive technologies from the past. And they are doing almost nothing to address the issue of global warming and they seems to be happy to keep the
status quo. The business-as-usual model from the past have proven to be ineffective, polluting, unsustainable, environmentally destructive, socially
disruptive and very costly in the long-run in all aspects.
Then, why continue with such a practice if one have better alternatives that are more friendlier and efficient with more potential and promise to be the
technologies of the future? That puzzles me to say the least.