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Europe Begs for African Oil and Gas After Decades of Fighting Development

AMAC Exclusive – By Andrew Abbott

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Amid a severe supply crunch as a result of the ongoing war in Ukraine, Western European nations have been left desperately scrambling to find new sources of energy to keep the lights on. Many are now turning to Africa to increase fossil fuel production – a startling reversal after Europe’s governments and investment banks have for years worked to block investment in and development of Africa’s energy resources.

Over the last 20 years, The European Union’s (EU) energy policy has been to invest heavily in renewable technology and import fossil fuels until such time that they become obsolete. But, as former President Trump repeatedly warned during his tenure, that plan of action left Europe dangerously reliant on foreign suppliers of fossil fuels – namely, Russia.

That warning proved prescient earlier this year with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Though many Western nations were quick to implement boycotts of Russian goods and products, countries like Germany simply could not cut off Russian supplies of natural gas without risking widespread blackouts. However, amid growing tensions with the West – and Chinese promises to purchase more Russian supplies – Russia cut off most natural gas shipments to Europe, sending the continent into an energy crisis that is threatening to spiral out of control.

As a result, many businesses have closed entirely due to being literally unable to keep the lights on. In some parts of Europe, energy costs have more than tripled in just a few months. In a desperate attempt to combat rising prices and conserve dwindling supplies, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen earlier this month proposed a series of extreme and controversial energy cutting measures to “flatten the curve” of “astronomical” energy prices across Europe – including the mandatory reduction of energy supplies to consumers.

Additionally, nations like Germany are re-opening their few remaining coal power plants. Earlier this month, the French government announced that it would be reopening all of its nuclear power plants after initially planning mass closures. Other nations are also in full-scale retreat on their “green” policies, apparently finally recognizing the reality that renewable energy is nowhere close to being able to replace fossil fuels.

But even if these measures work in the short term (and most experts predict they won’t) Europe still needs to find new sources of energy to replace those lost from Russia.

Many European leaders are hoping the answer to that problem lies in Africa. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, for example, has initiated talks with Senegal to export the country’s offshore natural gas resources to Germany. Shipments are expected to begin in 2024. In April, EU diplomats began talks with Nigerian officials about developing additional natural gas fields there. French President Emmanuel Macron is similarly looking to forge a deal with Algeria.

These new developments represent a stark reversal of Europe’s prior treatment of fossil fuels investment in Africa. With the assistance of wealthy benefactors and activist organizations, European governments have spent decades pressuring international financing organizations, like the World Bank, to stop funding all new fossil fuels projects. While most developed nations have the resources to skirt these restrictions, developing African countries do not. Special interest groups, with the support of left-wing billionaire benefactors, have also aggressively pressured developing African nations to not invest in fossil fuels.

Instead, Europe has pushed a strategy of “energy leapfrogging” on Africa, insisting that developing nations can skip fossil fuels and go right to renewables to supply their energy needs. Because of these regulations and restrictions, African companies and leaders have for decades been unable access the capital necessary to refine and develop their domestic energy resources.

Unsurprisingly – especially given that Europe has failed to completely switch to renewables even with exponentially more capital and better infrastructure – African nations routinely struggle with blackouts and energy loss, common with energy sources like wind and solar. Nigeria, for example, has some of the largest oil reserves in all of Africa, yet almost half of the country lives without grid electricity – in no small part because woke Western banks will no longer invest in fossil fuels. Nigeria also has been prohibited from tapping into its vast gas reserves, further dooming the country to a state of perpetual poverty.

The West’s ideological commitment to “green energy” at any cost is a major reason why Africa’s economic growth and development has been stymied for so long. But now that European leaders are forced to face the same consequences of their policies, they are rapidly changing their tune when it comes to the development of fossil fuels in Africa.

For the rest of the world – including the United States – Europe’s turn to fossil fuels should make clear the failures of left-wing energy policy and the dangers of climate change alarmism. Though renewable energy may one day be the future of energy production, recklessly abandoning traditional sources of fossil fuel energy before renewables are clearly capable of replacing them is a sure path to destruction.

Andrew Abbott is the pen name of a writer and public affairs consultant with over a decade of experience in DC at the intersection of politics and culture.    


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johnh
1 month ago

Thanks for article, should be a wake-up call to countries all over the world. And “Not In My Backyard” is the last of your worries when you are freezing in the dark.

Rich
2 months ago

Funny how things look so differently when it affects YOU.

johnh
1 month ago
Reply to  Rich

Reminds me of old saying in 1970s ” When your neighbor is laid off, it is a Recession. When I get laid off, it is a Depression”.

Nancy E. P.
2 months ago

Leadership and climate policies have already killed off enough people to off set global warming and line their pockets with wealth most of us will never know. They are just afraid that no heat in the winter will kill of those who support them by votes in elections. Isn’t less population what the climate change people want? Even if it means their constituents die, the goal shall be met. Schwab, Gates, and other billionaires don’t care if all people over the globe are lost as long as they remain in power, and control all the nations and money in the world.

Rich
2 months ago
Reply to  Nancy E. P.

Don’t forget the covid vaccines. Billions of dollars were made by a few people. Always follow the money and their agenda.

Don
2 months ago

I would say, to heck with Europe.

Word of Truth
2 months ago

China has invested heavily in Africa so if Europe is going to go begging there for oil & gas they will also have to deal with China. Wonderful.

dkp2015
2 months ago

Global warming not such a bad thing now, huh???

Rich
2 months ago
Reply to  dkp2015

They could only hope it was warming come this winter. Better pray this winter is not one of the coldest in history.

Robert Zuccaro
2 months ago

The leftists are trying to do the same mistakes here so this is going to be US soon enough! Democrats are waiting until after midterms to inflict more pain.

THX 1138
2 months ago

My folks used to say all the time that a hard head makes a soft behind!
They didn’t want to listen to President Trump back then. They even laughed and snickered.

What will you do now that Winter will soon be upon you, Europe?
Yep, nothing but a global cabal of hard headed buffoons for quasi-leadership….and yes, as an American, I am including the currently installed bunch of jokers we have here in that roundup as well!

You will end up in a hole somewhere that you really do not want to be in everytime you blindly follow the so called “expert politicians” who consistently get all of their “expert advice” from the “think tank experts” who are all “anonymous”.

dkp2015
2 months ago
Reply to  THX 1138

There must be some normal, educated individuals with half a brain that we can elect?? The problem now is – if you are too stupid to do anything else – go into politics and run for office!!!!

THX 1138
2 months ago
Reply to  dkp2015

A nation can spend one lifetime after another electing all of the, “….normal, educated individuals with half a brain…”, as they can, and the problem will still be there because a person’s level of intelligence has been eliminated from the problem entirely. Just look at what’s running Washington, District of Criminals now!

Take all of the influence money being spread around like candy off of the board by isolating and freezing the assets of all of those money kingpins involved with overthrowing the government; indictments of said individuals leading to their incarceration(s). Then, and only then will the “problem” be finally properly addressed. To do it any other way, and it’s more of the same switching back between the intelligent ones….and, the not-so intelligent ones like the running things currently!

Luke
2 months ago

Do ya all remember when international leaders were genuflecting before a half-wit kid named Greta Thunberg? And more recently, did I see some German head of state crowing about how sanctions on Russia were ‘necessary’. . .and how everyone will need to sacrifice to enforce them?

Beware the social justice warrior from Planet Earth. They are certifiably, criminally insane.

Robert Zuccaro
2 months ago
Reply to  Luke

“Buy an electric car”… just don’t plug it in or you’ll blow the grid! But then will anyone THINK about how everyone will buy an EV when there aren’t enough semiconductors or rare earth minerals in the world to make them?

Rich
2 months ago
Reply to  Robert Zuccaro

Why think that far ahead? Lets all just do the knee jerk thing.

edward
2 months ago

tell europe to POUND SAND for their oil. oh, and let their elites who want this scenario, pay for it!

TOMASD
2 months ago

Once again, we see a lack of common sense from out of touch, “woke” leaders. The average person knows that the world is not ready for a full time commitment to renewable energy, it seems that it is only the “smart” people that cannot see this. They are more worried about being first in line to make money than they are about the planet. We probably will NEVER be able to be 100% reliant on renewable energy, some things just require too much power. Also, when you factor in the huge carbon footprint created to make many of these products and the cost of these “renewable” resources, many times they are worse for the planet than fossil fuels. They want to knock the fossil fuel billionaires off of their throne and create a new throne for themselves………… and a fat bank account.

johnh
2 months ago

Hopefully the USA pays attention to this story & does not go to Electric Vehicles until a plan is in place to produce & support all components made in USA. Plan ahead……….

Max
2 months ago
Reply to  johnh

Unfortunately, the current leadership will continue to follow the insane socialist agenda of Europe and “climate change” issues so they can make as much $$$$$ as possible. It does not matter whether or not supporting elements are in place.

edward
2 months ago
Reply to  johnh

watch the commercials, car companies already have “families” of all electric vehicles being advertised. they didn’t just develop these things in the last year or two since biden was “installed”. that tells me this whole thing (BS by any other name) had been in “development for a very long time, they were just waiting for the right time to spring it on the populace, kind of like covid shutdowns.

Max
2 months ago
Reply to  edward

You correct about electric vehicles since the plans for such vehicles has been in the works for many years. The biggest problem is there is no proper infrastructure in place to support electric vehicles. The cart is being built before the horse.

Robert Zuccaro
2 months ago
Reply to  johnh

There isn’t enough materials for semiconductors or EV batteries to replace every privately owned vehicle let alone a power source to charge them.

Rich
2 months ago
Reply to  Robert Zuccaro

Just another score for the globalists. More and more people in more and more places to not be able to do or go anywhere.

johnh
1 month ago
Reply to  Robert Zuccaro

According to my calculations, the Middle & lower class in USA make up the highest percentage of voters & need to contact your representatives & vote to get their attention that Americans want to see a long term plan on how this will work. And I hope this majority still believe that our elections are honest & legitimate.

Michael Lewis
2 months ago

Most Americans cannot afford electric cars. Consequently, most Americans know what world leaders don’t. How sad what passes for leadership in the world!

Robert Zuccaro
2 months ago
Reply to  Michael Lewis

I can afford it if I LIVE IN IT!

Jeb
2 months ago

Now is the time for African nations with the wherewithal to step out of the ties of 1st world influence and develop their infastructure.

johnh
1 month ago
Reply to  Jeb

That is one of the big points of this article, is that the banks must loan the money to make this happen.

GTPatriot
2 months ago

The left believes its more important to be morally correct than to be free of oppression.
When Chicom soldiers press their boots on our necks, the lefties can always say ” we were
always morally correct “. Oh. by the way. Who gets to define morality ? The left will
quickly stand up to say ” we do”.

GTPatriot
2 months ago

Lets hope that Biden will screw up only once tomorrow rather than twice.

GTPatriot
2 months ago

Tough s—t. Angela Merkel created this dimwitted Russia oil deal while President Trump was trying to tell her that we ( the US) would do it for her. Now the Krauts are having to beg Africa for oil.
Why ? Because they know that JB is anti petro and will say ” Can’t you get solar and wind energy ?” Should’a, could’a. would’a Merkle has no idea of history. She can’t recall that in the 1940’s
Stalin would have killed every German on earth for good reason. Don’t tell me that was another time. WWII is still today. Don’t forget it.

johnh
1 month ago
Reply to  GTPatriot

What was solution by Trump to do this oil deal??? I do not recall this, and was he planning on exporting US oil/gas to Europe to replace the Russian fossil fuels??

pete
2 months ago

One kind of pollution that needs to be limited is left wing bull manure…their policies always create at least one more problem, and don’t solve what they’re aimed for…

Rich
2 months ago
Reply to  pete

Plus, they stink to high heaven.

Don Schmidt
2 months ago

If I was Nigerian, I would tell Europe to go pound sand.

Man of Steel
2 months ago
Reply to  Don Schmidt

Except Nigeria needs investment to improve its own people’s economic well-being.

johnh
2 months ago
Reply to  Man of Steel

Good point & I would hope that Nigeria can sell their products , just like US has freedom to import/export goods.

johnh
1 month ago
Reply to  Don Schmidt

Wrong attitude, bury the hatchet & do what is best for both countries

joe mchugh
2 months ago

The Europeans are reactivating their coal energy plants, and extending their nuclear power plant usage? On top of that they are looking to Africa to purchase more oil and natural gas? There ought to be a law against such polluting of the climate! I think that the climate change activists should hold rallies to pressure the European political parties into presenting more responsible green oriented policies.

I mean to say, that foraging the forests to find wood to burn in preparation of the cold weather arrival is just barbaric! Everyone knows that that such burning just adds particulates to the air that we breath, beside creating excessive CO2 emissions.

Europeans should learn to live in one room of their houses so that the rest of the home’s spaces don’t have to be heated. And they should also buy Chinese solar cell panels for all of their energy needs. The extra battery banks, and DC to AC converters might be expensive but they will feel better about saving the planet from rising sea levels. And walking, instead of driving to work provides needed exercise for good health.

Perhaps Greta the teenage screecher, needs to be contracted to to vent her views about Global Warming again. Imagine her audience sitting in snow banks listening to her silly ideas about saving the planet. Doesn’t that image just warm your socially conscious soul?

Man of Steel
2 months ago
Reply to  joe mchugh

Awesomwe Sarcasm!!!

johnh
1 month ago
Reply to  Man of Steel

Yes, I can still hear her “How Dare You” speech

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