African groups demand Obama stop pushing dirty energy through Power Africa
On November 2013, coinciding with the UN climate conference in Warsaw, 75 African groups from 18 countries sent a letter to President Obama concerning his Power Africa initiative that will give Africa more access to electrical power. However, the program is meant to benefit U.S. corporations and implies further extraction and exploitation of fossil fuels instead of bringing decentralized, truly clean, community-controlled renewable energy. The signatories of the letter reject these dirty fuel projects because of their devastating impacts on local health, communities, and the environment.
The letter was released as the world commemorated the anniversary of the murder of Nigerian activist Ken Saro-Wiwa, who was sentenced to death on November 10, 1995 by the ruling military junta for speaking out against Shell’s devastating dirty energy exploits in Nigeria’s Niger Delta.