Originally posted by humy
Damn! Perhaps they could be persuaded to consider a combination of other options such as wind turbines on windy mountain slopes/tops (perhaps on the same mountains where they already got hydroelectric ) or solar panels on roofs etc? It would seem a pity to me for them to repeat the same mistakes we have made and become ever more dependent on the none sustainable fossil fuels.
Solar would be a good option as would more hydro. There are not many places I know of with significant wind in Zambia, and transmission would be an issue if it wasn't near existing power lines. However, Zambia is relatively poor and somewhat mismanaged and the choices will depend largely on what funding is available and what politicians think they can benefit from. So if some influential politician owns a coal mine, then coal it is.
I agree that the third world should not follow in the first worlds footsteps, but if we do, then the first world should shut up about it (as in they shouldn't put any political pressure on us) until they have rectified their own mistakes.
Currently there are possible plans to put a dam in the gorges bellow the Victoria falls which most locals think is a mistake. It is not the best place for Zambia, but Zimbabwe is putting the pressure on because they do not have as many alternative sites as we do.