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COP28 president Sultan Al Jaber stuns the world by saying there is “no science” behind call for fossil fuel cuts

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COP28 president Sultan Al Jaber stuns the world by saying there is “no science” behind call for fossil fuel cuts
COP28 president Sultan Al Jaber stuns the world by saying there is “no science” behind call for fossil fuel cuts

The 2023 UN Climate Change Conference (COP28) presently beneath manner in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is additionally the platform for the Global Stocktake — the evaluation of what the world has finished to chop emissions since the Paris Agreement of December 2015 — however COP28 President and the UAE’s prime oil man Sultan Al Jaber has left the world shocked along with his remark that there is “no science” behind the call for fossil fuel cuts.

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COP28 President and ADNOC chief Sultan Al Jaber. Photo courtesy: X/@COP28_UAE

Al Jaber has many roles: UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology; head of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC); and chairman of Masdar, the UAE’s state-owned renewable power firm. Concern about the battle of curiosity between the Emirati chief representing the oil business and heading the local weather convention at the identical time had been expressed exterior the nation for months earlier than the occasion.

This specific “no science” remark got here, in keeping with an exclusive report published on Sunday by The Guardian, throughout a web-based chat that Al Jaber had on November 21 with Mary Robinson, President of Ireland; chair of The Elders, a gaggle based by Nelson Mandela; and local weather justice advocate. This was simply days earlier than the inauguration of COP28.

In its report, The Guardian mentioned that the ADNOC chief’s feedback had been “extremely regarding” and “verging on local weather denial”, in keeping with scientists, and that “they had been at odds with the place of the UN Secretary General, António Guterres”.

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The China-built Al Dhafra PV2 solar energy plant in the UAE was lately accomplished. This is presupposed to be the world’s largest single-site photo voltaic farm, which may cut back carbon emissions by 2.4 million tonnes per 12 months and energy practically 200,000 properties. Photo courtesy: X/@SpokespersonCHN

During the chat, titled ‘She Changes Climate’, Robinson emphasised on the influence of local weather change on girls, kids, the aged and the disabled, teams that had been extra affected than others — presumably due to calamity-related displacement and lack of livelihood, although she didn’t point out the particular causes. Calling the scenario “an absolute disaster”, she mentioned that this was as a result of “we have now not but dedicated to phasing out fossil fuels”.

She mentioned that this phase-out was a call that COP28 might take beneath the presidency of Al Jaber; and that as the head of ADNOC, he might declare recognising the have to section out fossil fuels. Robinson targeted on the phrase “pressing”. Al Jaber mentioned that he had used the phrase “fast-track”.

When Robinson pressed the level and requested whether or not Al Jaber would “lead” on phasing out fossil fuels, the COP28 president responded that Robinson — or Ireland as a developed nation — might “lead by instance” on such a phase-out.

The subsequent phrases spoken by Al Jaber have now precipitated a worldwide sensation following the Guardian reveal. The UAE minister mentioned that he got here to the dwell chat for a “sober and mature dialog” and never to enroll to any dialogue “that is alarmist”.

Stating that he most well-liked to “respect the science”, the COP28 president mentioned that there was “no science out there or no state of affairs out there that claims the phase-out of fossil fuel is what’s going to attain 1.5”.

This variety of “1.5” represents the international local weather motion objective, as set by the Paris Agreement, of limiting the rise in international temperature to not more than 1.5 levels Centigrade from the pre-industrial baseline. If the temperature rises past this restrict, particularly if it rises 2 levels Centigrade above the baseline, the outcomes can be catastrophic for many areas round the world.

Al Jaber mentioned {that a} “phase-out of fossil fuel, for my part, is inevitable, it is important, however we must be actual, severe, and pragmatic about it”.

Robinson identified that ADNOC was making new investments in fossil fuel and that this could “damage girls”. An evidently upset Al Jaber mentioned that she had “accused” him of “one thing that is not right”. The dialog bought a bit of heated right here as Al Jaber mentioned that the Irish chief was solely studying the experiences of her personal nation’s media retailers, which had been “biased and mistaken”.

Rebutting the “false accusations”, Al Jaber mentioned, “Please assist me, present me a roadmap for a phase-out of fossil fuel that can permit for sustainable socio-economic growth — until you wish to take the world again into caves.”

A few minutes later, Al Jaber mentioned, “Stop pointing fingers. Show me options. Show me what you are able to do. Show me your personal contributions. And I’ll salute you for it. Stop the pointing of fingers. Stop it.”

This trade has introduced each outrage and an outpouring of help for Al Jaber now. While COP28 is seeing the traditional tussle between nations on the way to reduce emissions, the social community X (previously Twitter) is bursting at the seams with feedback for and towards Al Jaber. Renowned environmental journalist George Monbiot tweeted: “No Sultan Al Jaber, phasing out nineteenth Century applied sciences doesn’t take us again to the Stone Age, however into the twenty first Century. If we *don’t* section out fossil fuels, we can be residing in caves.”

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