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Environmentalist Athie Martin says the commissioning of a fuel tank farm in Dominica sends an unfortunate signal to the world.

At a time where the larger economies are looking to move away from fossil fuels whereas Dominica, an island bursting with potential for renewable energy is moving rapidly towards a dependence on fossil fuels.

Martin believes this move will have future generations settling a massive accumulated debt, and that the Petro Caribe agreement is disrespectful and undignified and shows no account for the enormous amount of work done to preserve Dominica’s natural image.

And that the country is moving away from its strengths and embracing a commodity which is not one of its natural assets. He is of the view that although Dominica is small, it can be totally energy independent, not on fossil fuels but on the abundance of natural renewable energy which is available on Island and the technical aspects of any processing activities need to be organized to ensure the island is kept clean and green.

Otherwise Dominica could be regarded as the country which had a chance at leading the world with its green economy (something Venezuela should do as a true friend to Dominica), but instead gave it all up for a few barrels of oil.

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The Ministry for energy and petroleum and president for the PDSVA, Rafael Ramirez, arrive in Dominica today Monday 26th of June for the signing of the PetroCaribe agreement. This signing will formalize the agreement between the government of Dominica and Venezuela to cooperate in energy associated matters. What does this mean for the energy sector in Dominica? Which I believe in Dominica involves every Dominican.

The critics and our local government are being optimistic that this PetroCaribe agreement will be beneficial to all Dominicans, and consumers will see a reduction in their Electricity Bill and at the Gas Bumps.Too many instances Dominicans are receiving the back end of the sick, will there come a time were Dominicans will able to put some money back into their pockets and stop receiving Electrical Bill like Mortgage payments.

We welcome the PetroCaribe agreement in Dominica; but I can’t help to wonder – who are the ones going to benefit the most from the agreement? Will it be the low end consumers (Our bus Drivers, small farmers) or will it go into the pockets of the Government ministers? I’m waiting to see the outcome.

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