Coal has its ef­fects but fix the con­cerns and cre­ate jobs

The Star (Kenya) - - Voices -

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

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