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Letter: Electrify Africa Act has potential for change


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From: Rachel Bergsieker

Columbus

Received Dec. 20

As one of the most powerful nations on earth, the United States should be doing much more to fight global poverty. The Electrify Africa Act (H.R. 2548) is one way to help combat this global crisis.

We are living in a decade of technological development. New phones, computers and gadgets seem to be developed daily. However, currently, in sub-Saharan Africa, 589 million people, or 68 percent of the population, do not have access to electricity.

This bill seeks to develop a comprehensive plan to right this injustice. At no additional cost to the United States taxpayer, the Electrify Africa Act seeks to prioritize and coordinate U.S. resources to promote first-time access to electricity for at least 50 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa by 2020.

Through this act, the United States can have a profound impact on the future of Africa. As globally conscious constituents, we should all contact our congressional representatives and ask for their support of this bill. By making our voices heard, we can help millions of people and make an important contribution in the fight against global poverty.

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