Whether you believe climate change is real or not is beside the point; the bottom line is, we can’t run the risk.
Here goes the news headline,
And someone remarks,
This is very good news.
No; I don’t think this report should be termed good news. Truth is, it is bad news.
The world has recognized that the global warming phenomenon is a real problem that should be frontally tackled.
It takes a true dumbo to doubt the reality of global warming. The greatest skeptic should visit Abuja, Kano, Lagos, etc, and see the slow but sure metamorphosis of Nigeria into Literal Hell.
Place a candle in a Saucer in Saudi Arabia, and it melts!
Recent reports say that Canada is warning up at twice the average warming_up rate of other parts of the world.
The world is focusing on renewable energy, with Tesla leading the charge with their solar roof, Storage Projects like The One In Australia / . They are revolutionizing the automotive industry by making battery_powered electric vehicles (EV) fashionable, consigning the Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) clunkers to the dustbin of history . That way, petroleum remains underground, instead of fouling up the atmosphere by being burnt in vehicle engines
Nigeria needs to wake up. Our oil has become a greater liability to us now, in more ways than it has ever being.
Shell and others are even divesting from petroleum business (often into cleaner energy).
While oil majors and the world are gradually dumping petroleum and its other components for cleaner energy, it is rather surprising that a Dangote would be investing in Petroleum Refining at this time, rather than champion the course for clean energy.
Must it always be about the Benjys?
Burning fossil fuel for energy is rapidly being abandoned worldwide in favor of alternative energy sources – wind, solar (as an urgent measure to counteract the ozone layer depletion and global warming).
It would appear we are, as usual, a dumping ground for obsolete tech, or obsolete energy methods, that the whole world is abandoning, just like our planned foray into nuclear method of electricity generation – which countries like Germany are exiting .
The world is heating up.
We should not be nationally or individually blind to keep aggravating this by praising fossil_fuel_based projects, or encouraging the continued use of fossil fuels to power homes, in cooking, etc .
News like How FG spent $340m, N27bn in search of oil in the North is simply unfortunate.
We should truly be expending such resources and energy developing alternative energy sources, before the whole world is incinerated by our baxkwardness.
Otherwise, the unpredictable climactic changes, hot weathers, etc, that we are experiencing are just beginning.