Claims that energy poverty is merely an issue of resources industry propaganda are as inaccurate as they are offensive. Energy is essential to drive industrial growth and development and improvements in community health and education.

The simple fact is that base load energy sources including fossil fuels and uranium have been indispensable in providing the energy that has provided 1.7 billion people in developing nations with their first access to electricity over the last two decades.

Extreme activists, including in the research bodies linked with the Greens Party, oppose all these energy sources despite the fact that they provided the electricity for 1.3 billion of the 1.7 billion people who have escaped energy poverty since 1990.

The bottom line is that affordable, reliable energy is a precondition for economic growth and an escape from poverty.

World Bank Vice President Rachel Kyte has noted: “Access to energy is absolutely fundamental in the struggle against poverty. It is energy that lights the lamp that lets you do your homework that keeps the heat on in a hospital that lights the small businesses where most people work. Without energy, there is no economic growth, there is no dynamism, and there is no opportunity.”

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