Namibia – an 88% Christian nation in 2013 according to Wikipedia – has struck oil with the help of a Canadian company called ReconAfrica.
The play is being called the Kovango Basin. By some reports it may be the third largest in the world. It is as-yet completely untapped.
Namibia’s government and people apparently want to develop their reserves, and that is both marvelous and commendable.
Woke Western outlets like CNN have wasted no time in weaving a narrative of impending disaster in pieces like this one published earlier this month.
Watch for campaigns in the West to apply diplomatic and economic pressure on Namibia to discourage her from pursuing her national self-interest.
Rather than trying to poo-poo the effort with apocalyptic Chicken Little talk of ruined ecosystems and poisoned drinking water, however, it should be noted that American and Canadian oil and gas development is the cleanest, safest, and most efficient in the world.
With help from North American oil and gas expertise, we should expect Namibia will develop her own oil and gas industry both safely and responsibly.
As of 2019, Namibia was ranked 130th on the Human Development Index. With a current score of 0.646 as a starting point, how high might that HDI rise with domestic energy development? I hope we find out.
But the only hope of finding out is in resisting hyperbolic zeal for Climate Change dogma which is anti-human, anti-science, and purposefully counterproductive.
I for one am excited at the possibility of Namibia developing her own reserves.
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