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African discoveries of natural gas pose vexing climate challenge

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🗞️ Driving the news: Senegal, led by President Macky Sall, is poised to start producing natural gas later this year from a massive 15 trillion cubic feet reserve discovered off its coast
This development, overseen by BP, transforms Senegal into a significant natural gas producer in Africa and raises debates about the use of fossil fuels for development in the context of climate change

🔭 The context: The discovery positions Senegal as a key player in natural gas production, especially as European nations seek alternatives to Russian gas
However, environmentalists argue that this push for fossil fuel exploitation in developing countries could significantly contribute to global greenhouse gas emissions

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The exploitation of natural gas in Senegal highlights the tension between developing nations' right to use their natural resources for economic growth and the global need to reduce fossil fuel dependence to combat climate change

⏭️ What's next: While the initial gas production is primarily for export to Europe, Senegal plans to use its second gas field for domestic energy needs

💬 One quote: "How can you tell people in Africa, where half the population does not have electricity … ‘leave your resources in the ground’?" (Macky Sall, President of Senegal)

📈 One stat: The gas reserve discovered by Dallas-based Kosmos Energy, along with Senegal's state-owned petroleum company, is estimated at 100 trillion cubic feet in total

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