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While this legislation (as well as Power Africa, the presidential initiative it parallels) is a great step towards expanding energy access, and even states it will promote an "all-of-the-above" energy strategy for Africa, the persistent truth is that the United States' energy policies towards poor countries have been hypocritical. We’ve created an infographic to point out some of these inconsistencies and why they’re undermining the kind of transformative impact the Electrify Africa Act is trying to achieve.
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