03 Feb '13, 1am

The World Bank Is NOT Coming After Our Ice Cream Cones

The World Bank Is NOT Coming After Our Ice Cream Cones

Last week, World Bank President Dr. Jim Yong Kim came out with a powerful, laudable statement supporting urgent action on climate change. “If there is no action soon,” he wrote in the Washington Post , in a January 24th op-ed , “the future will become bleak.” Now, though, Dr. Kim is facing pushback, and that pushback should be confronted at every level. The World Bank’s mission, to alleviate poverty, compels it to help reduce climate change and support sustainable development. In his op-ed, Dr. Kim discussed just how urgent the situation is, citing a World Bank report that found a 7.2 degree temperature rise by 2100 “would mean that storms dubbed ‘once in a century’ would become common, perhaps occurring every year,” he wrote. Summer could become “an unbearable oven.” And besides that, his sons are ages 12 and 3. “That thought alone,” he wrote, “makes me want to be part of...

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