Renewables vs. Fossils

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Coal, development and poverty Is coal energy really needed to spur economic development and reduce poverty?OD and partners

Press release of 25 February 2016

Ramping up the production of coal is not needed in the battle to end extreme poverty and could in fact hinder progress, development organisations have argued.

World Bank: Clean Energy is the solution to poverty, not coal

The world’s poorest populations need a low-carbon revolution to meet their needs and lift them out of poverty.

It is the development conundrum of our era. Extremely poor people cannot lift themselves out of poverty without access to reliable energy. More than a billion people live without power today, denying them opportunities as wide-ranging as running a business, providing light for their children to study, or even cooking meals with ease.

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