Failed US presidential candidate turned millionaire environmentalist Al Gore appeared on a panel in Switzerland earlier this year alongside Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
At issue was Bangladesh’s plan to rescue its citizens from poverty by building a new coal-fired power plant. “My advice would be don’t build that dirty coal plant, but double down on a more rapid shift toward renewable energy,” Gore said.
Hasina’s reply was withering. “We have to provide energy to our people,” she said. “If you cannot develop the economic conditions of your people then how will you save our people?”