The Tata Mundra Coal Plant: A Test for Presidents Obama and Kim

The Tata Mundra Coal Plant: A Test for Presidents Obama and Kim

In June 2013, President Barack Obama announced that he was “calling for an end to public financing for new coal plants overseas.” Within weeks of this announcement, World Bank President Jim Kim announced the Bank would phase out its support for most forms of coal....
Winning the Fight Against Coal Financing

Winning the Fight Against Coal Financing

When President Obama made his climate speech at Georgetown University in which he urged an end to almost all public financing of coal, Jim Vallette, former research director of the Sustainable Energy & Economy Network at IPS, dropped me an e-mail and we reflected...

Gores Challenge Puts the Heat On

Former Vice President Al Gore, who brought us the 2006 blockbuster “An Inconvenient Truth,” has made waves again by issuing a challenge to the United States to source all of its electricity from clean, renewable energy within a decade. Gore’s call, made to a crowd...

World Bank Climate Profiteering

The World Bank’s long-running identity crisis is proving hard to shake. When efforts to rebrand itself as a “knowledge bank” didn’t work, it devised a new identity as a “Green Bank.” Really? Yes, it’s true. Sure, the Bank...