Special treatment given to Kenyan pipeline
PowerAfrika pipeline project would stretch 900 km from Lokichar in northern Kenya to the port of Lamu on the Indian Ocean. It would run through the Great Rift Valley, an environmentally sensitive area that is a crucial habitat for endangered species and a source of essential tourist revenue.
Rather than condemn the plan as a danger to the environment, the U.S. has pledged to help raise US$18 billion to see it through. Reports from Nairobi indicate that the U.S. ambassador, Robert Godec, met with Kenyan energy secretary Alfred Keter a week ago to offer Washington’s support.
It would threaten a region UNESCO calls an area “of outstanding beauty,” home to dozens of threatened species.
“The property is home to 13 globally threatened bird species and some of the highest bird diversities in the world."
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