The World Bank has now approved a controversial $3.75 billon loan to South Africa to help build a new coal-fired power plant in that country. The proposed Medupi Power Plant would be a 4800 MW, super-critical facility located a few hours' drive north of Johannesburg, very close to the coal mines that will provide supply. But the World Bank awarded the loan to state utility Eskom without the support of major shareholder countries, including the US which abstained from the vote. For some perspective, Clean Skies News talks to Maureen Cropper, former Chief Economist for the World Bank, and a Professor of Economics at the University of Maryland.
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