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Industry Lines Up behind Bold African, Mideast Solar Project in Hopes Politicians Will Follow (New York Times)

July 22, 2009

The New York Times picks up an article quoting CGD senior fellow David Wheeler on a proposed solar thermal plant in north Africa.

From the article:

""This is exactly the moment for this kind of thing," said David Wheeler, a senior fellow at the nonprofit Center for Global Development in Washington. The United States is gearing up for gigawatts of investment in solar thermal in the Southwest, he noted, and the same is being seen in Rajasthan, India, and in China.

"An area the size of Austria could power the entire world," Wheeler said. "We have room to spare out there. It's simply not a limited resource."

But when it comes to the Mediterranean, the enthusiasm of optimists like Knies and Wheeler must face cold political reality."

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