David Malpass will not resign from the World Bank after being deemed a climate change skeptic

David Malpass will not resign from the World Bank after being deemed a climate change skeptic

President of the World Bank, David MalpassAccused in recent days of skepticism about climate change, he confirmed in an interview Friday that he does not intend to leave his post, once again rejecting the accusations against him.

I won’t quit and didn’t think about itMalpass, responding to Politico’s question, added that “none” of the international institution’s member states had requested his departure.

president world bank He is under fire for not recognizing the role of fossil fuels in global warming, during a roundtable discussion on Tuesday hosted by the New York Times.

Asked on that occasion about a statement by former US Vice President Al Gore, who accused him of being a climate change denier, Malpass repeatedly refused to say whether he believed that emissions from human activity were warming the planet. “I am not a scientist,” he said.

But under mounting criticism, Malpass made his position clear on Thursday and did so again on Friday.

“It is clear that greenhouse gas emissions from human activity are increasing and causing climate change,” he told Politico. “So the task for us, for the world, is to put together projects and funding that make a real impact.”

In an interview with CNN the day before, Malpass also acknowledged that climate change comes from “man-made sources, including fossil fuels, methane, agricultural uses, and industrial uses.”

I’m not in denialA said, adding that his message was “interwoven” and that he “wasn’t always” conveying what he wanted to say well.

Despite their efforts to control the controversy, the foam did not subside and the Union of Concerned Scientists was the latest group to call for the body’s chairperson to be replaced.

β€œPeople living in the Global South deserve to see the World Bank led by a strong advocate for the environment, and not by someone who has not spent enough time with the Bank’s deep team of scientists and experts to understand the basic facts about the causes of climate change,” group chair Joanna Chao-Crylic said in a statement. .

“Malpass must be replaced immediately,” he added.

I am worried

As Malpass emphasized the bank’s actions on the environment, criticism grew sharply.

“Immediately I’m worried about the World BankNobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz told AFP earlier this week.

On critical issues such as climate change, he finds, “Unfortunately, the World Bank has not taken the kind of global leadership the world needs now.”

The head of the World Bank is traditionally American, while the leader of the other major World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, tends to be European.

Malpass is a veteran of Republican administrations and was appointed in 2019 under the presidency of Donald Trump, known for his denial about the reality of climate change.

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