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Walking the Talk? World Bank Rhetoric on Climate Undermined by Financing It


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Walking the Talk? World Bank Rhetoric on Climate Undermined by Financing It

Janet Redman

At least in rhetoric, World Bank leadership has acknowledged for a quarter century that “the possible risks [of global warming] are too high to justify complacency or evasion.” The Bank itself has cautioned that unabated climate change threatens to reverse hard-earned development gains — and that the poorest countries and communities will suffer the consequences first and worst.


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How sane would it be to build solar energy powered plants to provide electricity throughout the Sahara? It could also provide electricity that could be sold elsewhere, outside the developing countries. In any case the desert that is so stark and bleak has long been resource poor except in a few areas with oil. Relatively small investments now in large scale solar energy power plants (and local small village solar) could make the Sahara 'energy rich' instead of resource poor. With an abundance of inexpensive electricity available it would encourage investment and development like building factories etc.

From afar one can only wonder why this is not done for Africa. Sunshine is one resource that they have plenty of.