When President Joe Biden revealed the U.S. and other nations in the G-7 would be providing billions to get South Africa off of coal-powered energy and onto renewable energy, Twitter collectively gasped.
Speaking at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit — meant to strengthen the relationship between the U.S. and African nations — Biden announced $8 billion would be made available through “public and private finance” to South Africa.
The initiative is intended “to help South Africa replace coal-fired power plants with renewable energy sources.”
Biden’s announcement that G7 nations would be stepping in to provide finance to shift South Africa to nuclear power comes as the African country struggles with an ailing energy infrastructure that relies on coal.
The southern African nation has struggled to power the country’s developing energy needs for more than a decade, resulting in days-long power cuts to preserve the energy grid.
Host for Sky News, Rita Panahi, tweeted Biden’s efforts were “weapons-grade lunacy,” noting that renewable energy could be even more unreliable than the African country’s current power supply.
The Twitter account for the New Hampshire branch of the Libertarian Party tweeted that “Terrorizing Americans” wasn’t enough for the Biden administration. Instead, the Twitter account asserted the Biden Admin had to “ruin the lives of people in other countries… with money they steal from [American taxpayers].”
Others tweeted clown emojis in response to the tweet showing a clip in which Biden made the announcement.
Still more indicated how the $8 billion could be better utilized to help Americans.