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Obama’s $7 Billion “Power Africa” Energy Scheme

July 1, 2013 by  

President Barack Obama revealed a plan to bring electricity to sub-Saharan Africa on a massive scale Sunday, pledging $7 billion in Federal funds to a new program he said will bring “light where there is currently darkness.”

Under the President’s “Power Africa” program, the U.S. will commit to funding the expansion of the region’s infrastructure by undertaking projects that ambitiously seek to double the reach of the electrical grid. The President’s own assessment of the project pinpoints the overall capital investment needed to accomplish that goal at $300 billion.

Obama announced the initiative Sunday at a stop on his African itinerary in Cape Town, South Africa.

“Access to electricity is fundamental to opportunity in this age,” said the President. “It’s the light that children study by, the energy that allows an idea to be transformed into a real business. It’s the lifeline for families to meet their most basic needs, and it’s the connection that’s needed to plug Africa into the grid of the global economy.”

More than 85 percent of rural sub-Saharan Africa has no electrical infrastructure, affecting approximately two-thirds of the population.

Critics fret that such massive American investment in an area with a history of political instability (to say the least) could result in giving power players in regional conflicts a new, high-stakes trophy to justify more civil strife.

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • Johnny ray

    Is there no end to this administrations ability to screw us.

  • Sir David

    Who in the heck authorised this boondoggle, of our taxpayers money. Making energy more available in Africa, while creating higher prices, and making energy more scarce here. Talk about you transfer of wealth, now he’s giving our money away to africa, and I thought his million dollar vacation was exorbitant. F’n elitists. When he out of our white house, Michelle and the kids will have to hide in shame from his legacy.

    Return the US to a constitutional government. The GOP will be just a memory if the don’t respond to the will of the people.

  • Wesley Vickery

    Mr President, in Africa,” the lights are on, but nobody is home!” Within the countries Electricity supplier (Escom,) unwarranted, ernormous bonosus are paid at random, and corruption & mismanagement is rampant. Have you given ANY thought as to who’s going to manage & control this major input of US Tax Payer Dollars??!! Charity begins at home.

    • Ron r

      Lets see that would also mean wasted money in Irag,Afghanistan ,Israel ,to name a few. Putting money into Africa is overdue considering what has been taken out .

      • http://none johnny reb

        well,move your ass there then,good riddance socialist.

  • katzkiner

    Along with the $300 million high speed internet Hillary donated on our dime, it is Christmas in Kenya. Meanwhile, 175,000 North Carolinians have expired unemployment benefits this week, they paid into the system when they were working. The only thing we got from Kenya is “big ears”. Thanks for nothing. We would gladly give him back. Let him blow $ 1.4 billion of Kenyan money on his famlies annual vacations. High maintenance idiots.

  • s mart pants

    Do they have coal resources in sub saharan Africa ? One can bet these power plants won’t be fired by it. Putting African coal miners out of work.

    With all the hot wind that comes out his mouth he could generate trillions of kilo watts with windmills . Now that would be a renewable resource. Of course he would have to stay there . It’s a win win situation .

  • Ron r

    I hear Bush is also there on the tax payers dime.

  • vincent

    As an American taxpayer, I would like to tell O’bama “I wil not build that!” I would assume that the majority of the people will not have the means to pay for electricity and we would then have to pay their electric bill.

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