Coal has its effects but fix the concerns and create jobs
As of now, the Lamu Coal Plant project has been stopped. The argument is that the environmental assessment was not done. However, in my view, we need to give coal a chance. We need to soberly look at its benefits and ways to minimise the risks it poses. instead of abandoning the project altogether. Granted, coal is not the cleanest source of energy: It pollutes the environment and contributes to global warming. That said, it has many benefits that we can take advantage of. We have coal deposits in the Mua Basin in Kitui. With the SGR becoming operational, transportation from Kitui to Lamu will be easy. It will also create more jobs. Lamu might be a World Heritage site, but people are unemployed. Due to the use of coal the world over, there are many case studies and best practices. We can do benchmarking from the best-run coal plants in the world and address the concerns that have been raised.
KARIUKI GATHUITU Nairobi