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Wind and water energy project in Lesotho

Quite the week for alternative energy stories in Africa, just as the Republican candidates in the U.S. bash President Obama for (admittedly unsuccessful) efforts to advance green energy here…

Lesotho, the landlocked kingdom in the belly of South Africa, is reportedly slated to go forward with a $15 billion project to develop wind- and water-harnessing infrastructure — approximately 80% of which will be financed by China. This forward-looking plan should create thousands of jobs, and will allow the country to export clean energy to South Africa.

Maybe the Chinese have ulterior motives on this deal. But again, one wonders why the U.S. isn’t getting more involved in similar projects there, or here? Africa could turn out to be a very interesting destination for advancing the production of energy through alternative sources.

About Evan Lieberman

I am a Professor of Political Science at MIT, and I conduct research, write, and teach about development, ethnic politics, and research methods.


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