Once again, the World Bank is pushing a massive, dirty coal plant in a developing country — this time in war-ravaged Kosovo. The 600-MW project would exacerbate public health problems, do nothing to improve Kosovo’s grossly inefficient electrical grid, and would put the poverty-stricken country into a massive carbon debt that would last for generations.
We wrote about the project last month. This week, activists working to stop coal in Kosovo released a fascinating 15-minute documentary on the issue, outlining the World Bank’s contradictory policies and the potential renewable energy solutions that could help avoid building more dirty coal in the country.
The World Bank says tackling climate change is necessary to “avoid the unimaginable.” But the organization continues to push the dirtiest resource imaginable, lignite coal. When will it actually treat climate change with genuine urgency?