Tuesday, 4 May 2010

New Coal Plants in South Africa, much shouting

Lots of people angry about World Bank's decision to lend loads of money to help South Africa build new coals plants. My coverage of this issue is here and here.

My overall impression on NGO takes on this was a failure to think through the tension between the goals of democratising the World Bank and greening it, since it was the imperial European powers who wanted to stop the loan, and the colonised south that wanted to push it through. Sometimes, in trying to come down on the morally pleasant side of multiple issues, you end up being incoherent.