World Bank President David Malpass on chopping block for lack of climate push

World Bank President David Malpass could be the Biden administration’s chopping block on climate change, according to a Friday report from Axios.

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World Bank President David Malpass attends the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, Nov. 3, 2021. REUTERS/Yves Herman (REUTERS/Yves Herman/Reuters)

Some officials in the administration have considered replacing Malpass because of his climate policy, although the bank’s board is not controlled by the White House, Axios reported, citing people familiar with the matter. The head of the World Bank faced calls to resign after saying “I’m not a scientist” when asked Tuesday at a New York Times event whether he accepts that burning fossil fuels contributes to rapid global warming.

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The World Bank sent FOX Business to a Politico interview published Friday when it was reached for comment on the report. During that interview, Malpass stated that he would not resign and that the World Bank “is playing a strong leadership role” on climate change.

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“To the question, ‘Are you a climate denier?’ I should have said ‘no,’ he said, adding later that it had been a ‘ill-chosen rule’.

He also expressed his stance on climate change in a Thursday interview with CNN, saying, “It is clear that greenhouse gas emissions come from man-made sources, including fossil fuels, methane, agricultural use and industrial use.”

David Malpass, then the undersecretary for international affairs at the US Treasury Department, listens to Trish Regan during “Trish Regan Primetime” on Fox Business in Washington on Wednesday, February 6, 2019. President Donald Trump nominated Malpass (AP)

Climate activists have called on Malpass and the World Bank to do more about climate change in the past. The World Bank provided $31.7 billion in loans for climate-related investments in fiscal 2022.

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Malpass became the head of the World Bank in 2019 after former President Donald Trump pushed him for the role, and the board of governors confirmed him. His five-year term ends in 2024.

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