Biden ‘will try to oust the World Bank head who dodged question on whether climate change’

Biden ‘will try to oust the World Bank head who dodged question on whether climate change was caused by humans and started his tenure under Trump’

  • David Malpass dodged a question at NY forum when asked whether ‘manmade burning of fossil fuels is rapidly and dangerously warming the planet’
  • He replied: ‘I don’t even know. I’m not a scientist’ 
  • Donald Trump appointed Malpass to his term in 2019 
  • Climate groups called for him to resign as the remark circulated online
  • Then he said humans WERE causing climate change, saying ‘I’m not a denier’
  • Biden officials are considering pushing him out, Axios reported
  • Potential replacements include John Kerry, Al Gore, former USAID head Raj Shah 

Members of the Biden Administration are considering a move to try to force out World Bank President David Malpass, after the Trump-nominated official dodged a question about the cause of climate change.

Malpass has been under fire since the official, nominated by Trump in 2019, fielded a question this week at a climate forum about whether ‘manmade burning of fossil fuels is rapidly and dangerously warming the planet.’

Malpass’ initial response was: ‘I don’t even know. I’m not a scientist and that is not a question.’ He was appearing at a New York Times event at Climate Week in New York.

Administration officials are ‘deeply concerned’ by the comments and are considering moves to oust him, according to Axios

It comes at a time when the Biden Administration is making climate change a top priority, with the newly enacted Inflation Adjustment Act shoveling $375 billion at climate initiatives.

World Bank President David Malpass wouldn't directly answer a question about whether 'manmade burning of fossil fuels is rapidly and dangerously warming the planet.' Now Biden officials are considering trying to oust him, according to a report

World Bank President David Malpass wouldn’t directly answer a question about whether ‘manmade burning of fossil fuels is rapidly and dangerously warming the planet.’ Now Biden officials are considering trying to oust him, according to a report

He wouldn’t answer when moderator and Times reporter David Gelles twice asked him: ‘Will you answer the question?’

It was prompted by former Vice President Al Gore calling Malpass a ‘climate denier.’

Later, in an attempted cleanup operation on CNN‘, Malpass denied the charge. He said he was ‘not a denier,’ and told the network: ‘I don’t know the political motivations behind that. It’s clear that greenhouse gas emissions are coming from manmade sources, including fossil fuels, methane, agricultural uses and industrial uses. And so we’re working hard to change that.

He also sought offered a new excuse: ‘I don’t always do the best job in answering the questions or hearing what the questions are.’

Trump nominated Malpass, then a Treasury official, to the post in 2019

Trump nominated Malpass, then a Treasury official, to the post in 2019

Malpass, seen here with Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump at the Treasury Department, said he is 'not a denier,' although a 2010 report indicated he did not believe carbon from human activity was warming the planet

Malpass, seen here with Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump at the Treasury Department, said he is ‘not a denier,’ although a 2010 report indicated he did not believe carbon from human activity was warming the planet

President Joe Biden signed a new law that will steer billions to climate programs including those to boost electric vehicle production

President Joe Biden signed a new law that will steer billions to climate programs including those to boost electric vehicle production

Trump nominated Malpass to lead the World Bank after his longstanding criticisms of the international lending institution. 

Back in 2010, Malpass said he did not believe carbon from human activity was warming the planet, the New York Times reported at the time. 

He serves a five-year term and was confirmed by a Bank executive board. 

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