Malpass of the World Bank Fails to Answer Accusation by Vice President Al Gore That He’s a Climate Denier (2)

Sept. 21- 22 — By Mathew Carr

David Malpass, president of the World Bank group appointed by U.S. President Donald Trump, told a conference hosted by the New York Times that he wasn’t a scientist, when repeatedly asked whether he was a climate-change denier.

Reporter / host David Gelles, on the stage of the conference in New York: “Do you accept the scientific consensus that the man-made burning of fossil fuels is rapidly and dangerously warming the planet?”

Malpass: “I don’t know if everyone wants to comment on that … what we [the World Bank] are doing is having impact.”

Can you answer the question?

Malpass: “We have a mission of a World Bank that’s powerful.”

Will you answer the question?

Malpass: “I’m not a scientist.”

Malpass indicated he thought former Vice President Gore shouldn’t be asking that question. “I don’t know why it stays on the stage. What we need to do is move forward with impactful projects.”

Earlier, Mr Malpass appeared to have a dig at Mr Gore:

“He may present as a climate person. I don’t know what impact that’s having.”

Gore spoke at the conference earlier Tuesday, indicating Malpass should step down from the World Bank position because of his climate denialism.

Gelles didn’t ask Malpass whether he should step down.


(Corrects earlier version to say Gore was former vice president)

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