OPINION: European Union parliamentarians upped the ante against fossil fuel projects last week by passing a controversial resolution demanding a halt to work on a $20 billion project that aims to develop two oilfields in Uganda and send the oil along the East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) to Tanzania’s coast.

This provocative move against TotalEnergies’ mega-project prompted a blistering response from the Ugandan Parliament’s Deputy Speaker Thomas Tayebwa, who accused the EU of “economic racism”, saying the resolution was hypocritical and invoked bitter memories of colonialism and imperialism,

He argued that Europe should stop investing in its own fossil fuel projects, given its historic contribution to climate change, not Africa.