At a time when funding for fossil fuel projects is drying up, Botswana is racing to develop six new coal mines and a rail link for exports, with the government prepared to put its own money into the projects. Bloomberg reports that the country wants to take advantage of what it sees as a period when coal will still be in demand before being replaced by other cleaner forms of energy. “We have that window,” Charles Siwawa, CEO of Botswana’s Chamber of Mines, said in an interview. “We have a lot of coal and even if we gain $10 billion between now and when they want us to stop, for us it means a lot for our economy.”