What is green colonialism, you ask? It is Western elites deliberately keeping the world’s poor festering in dark, dank premodernity just to keep them from “polluting” in their climb up to a higher standard of living:

On July 18, the Ex-Im Bank’s board of directors voted to halt U.S. financing for the Thai Binh 2 power plant, a 1,200-megawatt coal-fired facility in northern Vietnam. Two days earlier, the World Bank said that it would limit financing of coal-fired generation projects to “rare circumstances.”

The groups that opposed the Vietnamese project include Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace USA, Pacific Environment, the Center for International Environmental Law, and the Center for Biological Diversity. In a letter to President Obama, they protested that the Thai Binh project would “emit unacceptable air pollution that will worsen climate disruption.” …

The fundamental difference between rich countries like Germany and the U.S. and poor countries like Vietnam and Pakistan (which, by the way, has a population of 193 million and just 23,500 megawatts of electricity-generation capacity) is the availability of cheap, abundant, reliable electricity.

That electricity is essential to modernity is incontrovertible. The rich countries of the West developed their economies by producing electricity from coal. Now the rest of the world wants to do the same. And yet, the environmental elites are determined to prevent that from happening.