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Solar Power Can Help Poor Nations Reach Health, Development Goals

Wall Street Journal: Letter to the Editor: Solar Power Has a Role in Helping the Poor
Nat Kreamer, chair of the Solar Energy Industries Association

“In ‘This Child Doesn’t Need a Solar Panel’ (op-ed, Oct. 22), Bjørn Lomborg, a political scientist by training, presents readers with a false choice that pits investment in climate security against investments in food, water, and health security. Developing countries need affordable electricity to solve their problems. … If Mr. Lomborg is concerned about global health, water, and food security, then he should prioritize investments with environmental benefits and low infrastructure costs, like solar. The Pentagon recognizes that climate-change-induced environmental disasters will have a horrifying impact on the issues Mr. Lomborg cites and is investing in solar now…” (10/29).

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