Wrong man

Independent on Sunday, 3 April 2005:

The appointment of Paul Wolfowitz as President of the World Bank could not come at a worse time for the environment (“A humiliation too far”, 20 March). The Kyoto protocol on global warming requires a huge transfer of clean technology to developing nations if they are to meet their international obligations.

China is relying on coal to satisfy its growing energy requirements and this will result in a catastrophic increase in fossil fuel emissions. The World Bank is in a unique position to influence this process, yet Wolfowitz is an avowed sceptic on global warming.  It is difficult to think of a more disastrous appointment for the world and for the bank.

Dr Robin Russell-Jones
Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire