(TheConservativeTimes.org) – Sultan Al Jaber, an oil executive, claimed that no science supports phasing out fossil fuels to limit global warming, which caused a shockwave at the COP28 climate summit in Dubai.
Former president of Ireland and current head of the Elders Group, Mary Robinson, invited Al Jaber to oversee the fossil fuel phaseout. After several scientists and activists voiced worry at the statements, Al Jaber called an unexpected news conference to defend his dedication to climate research.
At the COP28 climate meeting, governments were divided over the future of fossil fuels. Some want a “phase-out,” while others want a “phase-down.” Scientific papers reveal that fossil fuels must be swiftly cut to keep temperatures below 1.5 degrees Celsius.
Al Jaber intended to have a calm and mature talk at the She Changes Climate Summit and would not participate in alarmist discussions. He said that no science implies that fossil fuel phase-out would accomplish a 1.5 degree cap. He noted that a fossil fuel phase-down and exit was unavoidable, but we must be serious and realistic.
Al Jaber challenged the She Changes group to show him a pathway to gradually eliminate fossil fuels that would allow for sustained socio-economic growth without dragging humanity back into caves.
Controversy has surrounded Al Jaber’s leadership of the COP28 session. On Monday, Al Jaber assured reporters that he had never wavered from his stance that science must remain at the core of everything they do.
A COP28 spokeswoman said the media narrative is another effort to undermine the Presidency’s clear, transparent goal, supported by the President and his group’s demonstrable successes.
According to Ploy Achakulwisut, Stockholm Environment Institute climate researcher and author, if CO₂ elimination and global Carbon capture schemes fail, all fossil fuels must be phased out.
Carbon capture involves methods that remove carbon pollution from the air and collect it from pollution sites. Carbon capture may reduce planet-heating pollution, but some say it’s costly, untested at scale, and a diversion from fossil fuel reduction programs.
This COP conference will finish with the initial global evaluation of climate action efforts.
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