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Solar ovens and sustained poverty for Africa

April 23, 2017

Solar ovens and sustained poverty for Africa

President Obama in Kenya checking out a solar panel.

President Obama in Kenya checking out a solar panel.

Solar technology in Africa, including my country of Uganda, would bring good news to millions of people who today must use firewood, charcoal and dung for cooking. Millions of Africans die from lung infections caused by breathing fumes from these fires, millions more from eating spoiled food, drinking contaminated water and having spoiled medicines, because we don’t have electricity, sanitation or refrigeration. What we do have in abundance is extensive, sustained poverty.






A view from Africa about how they view Western obsession with climate change:




  1. Harry Passfield permalink
    April 23, 2017 2:56 pm

    Sustainable poverty: the one true use of the word, sustainable. And all down to the UN and the believers in AGW. Mind you, to contradict myself, they – the AGW crowd – (Gore, GP, WWtF et al) are in the sustainable rich class.

    All my long life I have heard of nothing but the need to fling funds at ‘Africa’ (many younger people alive today think Africa is a country!). How did the Victorians come up with drains, sewers and gas/electric grids, yet parts of ‘Africa’ can’t? Maybe it the rising costs of the next Mercedes.

  2. Gamecock permalink
    April 23, 2017 3:06 pm

    Oh noes! Not dung!

    Using dried dung as a fuel is one of Man’s greatest innovations. Over a billion people do it. Neocolonialists bring up the practice as it is sure to evoke reaction from Westerners who are not familiar with it.

    ‘Millions of Africans die from lung infections caused by breathing fumes from these fires’

    Junk science epidemiology.

    Neocolonialist screed. With Obama’s picture thrown in in case you weren’t sure it is garbage journalism.

  3. Bruce permalink
    April 23, 2017 4:47 pm

    Maybe burning dried dung was a great innovation once. I think leftists in the west should be doing it on a major scale. Let’s see people show their love for the earth by grilling their veggies and tofu over a dung fire.

    • CheshireRed permalink
      April 23, 2017 7:13 pm

      Char-grilled organic guacamole and spinach wraps served with a side order of dung-toasted, salted African elephant pubes. It’s, like, the future, man. If they can bring that delicacy in at £60 a pop you can see it taking off with the north London liberal wankerati set. Will make them feel really good about themselves.

  4. Curious George permalink
    April 23, 2017 6:36 pm

    Africa needs the most expensive energy (“renewables”). They can’t afford proven cheaper approaches.

    • HotScot permalink
      April 23, 2017 6:48 pm

      Nail on the head.

      The west is driving Africans to use technology on a routine basis, we in the west barely use.

      It’s not cheap, it’s not accessible and it’s not reliable.

      These people are consigning Africa to an experiment instead of allowing them the ability to generate cheap electricity and drag themselves from poverty.

      Typical left wing politics, interfere in everyone else’s business and screw it up for them.

  5. April 23, 2017 10:30 pm

    This is a deliberate policy of the elites. Everyone knows that the best way to protect the environment is to improve the living standards of people. But if you want to make money you need to supress living standards, which is the hidden agenda of the globalists.

    This is not an easy problem to solve, and it never will be whilst we have unaccountable politian’s spending our money. A fundamental change of politics is needed.

  6. tom0mason permalink
    April 23, 2017 11:14 pm

    Of course the new improved model now operates night and day by harvesting the CO2 back radiation —

    • April 24, 2017 3:20 am

      tomomason: Free energy oven:
      Brilliant ; but an old technique. We old age pensioners have been using it for years. When the power goes off we wrap ourselves up in the duvet and cook ourselves. However it does need a lot of shivering and it takes a long time; so to speed things up I suggest the chicken should be alive.

      For those unacquainted with the science behind this, it goes back to the IPCC definition of the 1.7 Watt forcing rate on page 133 of the AR4 (2007?), which redefines the thermodynamic laws and now apparently accepted by the scientific community.

      The ultimate confidence trick?

    • John F. Hultquist permalink
      April 24, 2017 4:04 am

      Where does the CO2 get inserted?

      • tom0mason permalink
        April 24, 2017 7:31 am

        @John F. Hultquist
        The UN-IPCC can supply full instruction in Esperatnto or Goralian. Translation officers are available from ‘Soros NGO Services International’.

  7. April 24, 2017 3:15 am

    Reblogged this on Climate Collections.

  8. John F. Hultquist permalink
    April 24, 2017 4:01 am

    I vote for reliable electricity all day, every day.

    A solar box cooker can be made with cardboard, aluminum foil, and a clear sheet of glass or plastic. I think I could build one for under $10, including a stand with wheels.
    They have been used . . . it seems like for ever.
    The article claims the cost is $260 for something called a Blazing Tube Solar something. Good grief.
    Simple is better:

  9. Dung permalink
    April 24, 2017 10:01 am

    Actually folks and much to the disgust of the UN, China is not only mining coal in Africa, it is also building coal fired power stations! Come on Africa, you can do it now.

  10. April 24, 2017 11:07 am

    You always need to ask: “Who benefits from that situation?” Those who want power over people. I’ve seen it all my life in my home state of West Virginia. Likely no more than 300 people at any one time kept the state under-educated and financially down in order to maintain their power for whatever sick reason. Finally, after 83+ years of Democrat control of the legislature, it was overturned by the elections in 2014 and strengthened during the 2016 elections which also added most of the state officers. Our new Secretary of State has recently, with the county clerks, purged the voter rolls of more than 47,000 ineligible of deceased (and they do vote in WV and always Democrat) with more to come. Of course, there are howls from the Democrats. No longer will cemeteries be the home of their base.

    Where there is corruption, there is poverty.

    • Gamecock permalink
      April 24, 2017 3:16 pm

      “Where there is corruption, there is poverty.”

      Indeed. There will be no central electric plants in communist Africa until they can string copper wire between points and IT NOT BE STOLEN.

      How long will a Uganda peasant have a Blazing Tube Solar oven before soldiers come and take it away?

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