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Trade-off needed in power debate

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Climate change is real – but so is poverty. So compromise has to be the solution.


05 Aug 2020
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Trade-off needed in power debate

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It’s an alluring argument: South Africa’s power woes will be over if the country moves to renewable energy and away from its dependence on coal and other hydrocarbons. Environmental activist organisation Greenpeace believes that if moves are not made toward this now, we will be burdened with a significant carbon footprint for decades. They argue that coal is not only bad for the environment, it is also detrimental to the health of people. These problems are not present with renewable energy, is the claim. Yet, that is, in some ways, a simplistic view. Technologies like solar and wind power have...

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