Ugandan President Museveni criticizes “Western double standards” over Germany’s coal mine plans



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Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has criticized Western countries for what he calls the “shameful double standard” in their response to the energy crisis caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

in Twitter post On Sunday, Museveni singled out Germany for demolishing wind turbines to allow the expansion of a coal-fired power plant as Europe grapples with an energy crisis stemming from the Russia/Ukraine war.

In September, Russia, under a slew of Western sanctions over its invasion of Ukraine, cut off gas supplies to Europe, leaving a region that had been dependent on Russian oil and gas imports to scramble for alternatives.

Germany has proposed phasing out coal-fired power plants by 2030 to reduce carbon emissions. But now Europe’s largest economy has been forced to prioritize energy security over clean energy, with gas supplies from Russia frozen. Just like Germany, many other European countries are reviving coal projects as alternatives to Russian energy.

Europe’s shift to coal power generation “makes a mockery of the West’s climate goals,” Museveni, 78, says.

“The news from Europe that a vast wind farm is being demolished to make way for a new open-air coal mine is the abhorrent double standard we have come to expect in Africa. It mocks Western commitments to climate goals,” the Ugandan leader said, while describing the move as “the purest hypocrisy.”

CNN has contacted the German Embassy in Uganda for comment.

In a statement released on his official website, Museveni stated that “Europe’s failure to meet its climate targets should not be Africa’s problem.”

The African continent remained the most vulnerable to climate change despite having the lowest emissions and the least contribution to global warming. While rich countries (which are the largest producers of emissions) are better equipped to manage the effects of climate change, poorer countries like those in Africa are not.

“We will not accept one rule for them and another rule for us,” said Museveni, who has ruled the east African country for 36 years.

Uganda aims to Exploration of its oil reserves at the commercial level in the next three years, but a resolution passed by the European Union Parliament in September warned that the project would lead to the displacement of thousands, endanger water resources, and endanger marine protected areas.

Museveni reacted to the decision at the time, and insisted “The project must go on,” He threatened to find new contractors if the existing dealers for the oil project “Choose to listen to the EU Parliament. ”

African leaders continued to push wealthier countries to finance climate adaptation at the ongoing COP27 climate summit in Egypt, as many parts of the continent grapple with severe droughts, floods and other catastrophic effects of climate change.

Malawian President Lazarus Chakwera, who is attending the COP27 summit, said his country and other poor countries “continue to bear the burden of carbon emissions from the biggest polluters elsewhere”.

Chaquira said he lobbied in Egypt for more climate finance from wealthier countries, adding: “Despite our marginal contribution to global warming, we still bear the brunt of exacerbating the effects of climate change, with 10% of our economic losses caused by disasters.” “.

Developed countries’ pledge to pay $100 billion annually from 2020 to help the developing world shift from fossil fuels to clean energy has not been met.

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