ERG Professor Kammen: Coal Makes Global Poverty Worse

kammenERG professor Daniel Kammen explores the fallacies in arguing that coal reduces poverty and describes how renewable energy is the key to lifting individuals out of poverty.

“The ‘fortunate’ few who live closer to infrastructure can rarely afford connection costs or are thwarted from accessing power by sector mismanagement. Coal does not fix these problems, it more often exacerbates and extends them.  By contrast, an integrated strategy that extends grids where cost-effective and invests in mini-grids and individual family “pay-as-you-go” energy solutions has proven to be socially progressive, equitable, and environmentally sustainable.”

Read the full opinion editorial in The Hill.

 

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