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“[Power Africa] was always designed as something that the administration could do without Congress,” said Todd Moss, senior fellow at the Center for Global Development. It makes sense in the short term as a way to get it off the ground, Moss said.
“I think it was a long-term mistake, because if Power Africa is going to outlive a handful of people who designed it in the White House, then you have to build much broader support, starting with Congress,” he said.
Moss said that while encouraging renewable energy in Africa may be a good goal, it’s not realistic.
“All six countries in the Power Africa initiative either have their own natural gas or they’re exploring for gas, and they’re going to want to use it for domestic power generation,” he said. “We just need to be very careful and clear about not over-romanticizing renewables in an environment where the needs are so great.”
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