During her press conference, the White House spokeswoman reproached the president of the World Bank (WB), David Malpass, for did not offer a firm answer on the causes of climate change when asked about it, since they consider him a world leader.
Karine Jean-Pierre disagrees that David Malpass could not give a firm answer regarding one of the problems affecting the world and exposed it to journalists during his conference.
“We do not agree with the comments made by President Malpass. We expect the World Bank to be a global leader in climate ambition and mobilization“, White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters.
He added that the Treasury Department, which oversees the US Executive’s commitment to international financial institutions, has already made that expectation clear to the World Bank leadership “and that it will continue to do so.”
Malpass has come under fire after a panel discussion repeatedly avoided answering whether he acknowledged the scientific consensus that humans burning fossil fuels were “warming the planet rapidly and dangerously.”
“I don’t even know, I’m not a scientist and that’s not a question,” he pointed out at that meeting held by The New York Times at Climate Week in New York, which led some climate activists to request his resignation.
Malpass acknowledged that his words were unfortunate. and this Friday he reiterated that when asked if he was a denial of climate change, he should have clearly said “no.”
“It was a poorly chosen phrase and I’m sorrybecause we as an organization use science every day”, assured today the president of the World Bank, who wanted to clarify that none of the 189 member countries of the institution has asked him to resign and that he is not going to do so.
In a conversation on the Global Insider podcast with journalist Ryan Heath, editorial director of Politico, Malpass rstressed that he would “fully” accept receiving training from scientists to improve your knowledge about climate change.
Malpass, 66, was the candidate promoted by former Republican President Donald Trump to lead the World Bank, based in Washington, and took office in April 2019.
Before reaching that position had stood out for his criticism of that institutionalleging, for example, that the only ones who benefit from their credits are those who fly first class “to give advice to governments.”
Source: La Opinion