Some administration officials have considered trying to replace Malpass in his place climate attitude, although the bank’s board is not controlled by the White House, Axios reported, citing people familiar with the matter. The World Bank chief faced calls to resign after he said: “I’m not a scientist” when asked at a New York Times event Tuesday about whether he accepts that burning Fossil fuels contributes to rapid global warming.
The World Bank sent FOX Business to a Political interview published Friday when reached for comment on the report. During that interview, Malpass stated that he would not resign and that the World Bank is “doing a powerful leadership job” on climate change.
“When you are asked: ‘Are you a climate denier?’ I should have said ‘no’,” he said, later adding that it had been a “poorly chosen line.”
He also addressed his stance on climate change during a Thursday interview with CNN, saying, “It’s clear that greenhouse gas emissions come from anthropogenic sources, including fossil fuels, methane, agricultural applications and industrial applications.”
Climate activists have previously called on Malpass and the World Bank to do more on climate change. The World Bank provided $31.7 billion in loans for climate-related investments in fiscal year 2022.
Malpass became head of the World Bank in 2019 after former President Donald Trump selected him for the role, and The Board of Governors confirmed him. His five-year term is expected to end in 2024.