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COP28 President Rejects Science Behind Fossil Fuel Phase Out

Cop28 president says there is ‘no science’ behind demands for phase-out of fossil fuels
UAE’s Sultan Al Jaber says phase-out of coal, oil and gas would take world ‘back into caves’
The president of Cop28, Sultan Al Jaber, has claimed there is “no science” indicating that a phase-out of fossil fuels is needed to restrict global heating to 1.5C, the Guardian and the Centre for Climate Reporting can reveal.
Al Jaber also said a phase-out of fossil fuels would not allow sustainable development “unless you want to take the world back into caves”.
The comments were “incredibly concerning” and “verging on climate denial”, scientists said, and they were at odds with the position of the UN secretary general, António Guterres.
Al Jaber made the comments in ill-tempered responses to questions from Mary Robinson, the chair of the Elders group and a former UN special envoy for climate change, during a live online event on 21 November. As well as running Cop28 in Dubai, Al Jaber is also the chief executive of the United Arab Emirates’ state oil company, Adnoc, which many observers see as a serious conflict of interest.
More than 100 countries already support a phase-out of fossil fuels and whether the final Cop28 agreement calls for this or uses weaker language such as “phase-down” is one of the most fiercely fought issues at the summit and may be the key determinant of its success. Deep and rapid cuts are needed to bring fossil fuel emissions to zero and limit fast-worsening climate impacts.
Al Jaber spoke with Robinson at a She Changes Climate event. Robinson said: “We’re in an absolute crisis that is hurting women and children more than anyone … and it’s because we have not yet committed to phasing out fossil fuel. That is the one decision that Cop28 can take and in many ways, because you’re head of Adnoc, you could actually take it with more credibility.”
Al Jaber said: “I accepted to come to this meeting to have a sober and mature conversation. I’m not in any way signing up to any discussion that is alarmist. There is no science out there, or no scenario out there, that says that the phase-out of fossil fuel is what’s going to achieve 1.5C.”
Robinson challenged him further, saying: “I read that your company is investing in a lot more fossil fuel in the future.” Al Jaber responded: “You’re reading your own media, which is biased and wrong. I am telling you I am the man in charge.”
Al Jaber then said: “Please help me, show me the roadmap for a phase-out of fossil fuel that will allow for sustainable socioeconomic development, unless you want to take the world back into caves.”
“I don’t think [you] will be able to help solve the climate problem by pointing fingers or contributing to the polarisation and the divide that is already happening in the world. Show me the solutions. Stop the pointing of fingers. Stop it,” Al Jaber said.

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  • Kevin

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    This really does not inspire much confidence coming from the man at the helm of the conference of the parties

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    • We Don't Have Time

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      • walter lungayi

        19 w

        This is concerning as the COP28 President should be supporting the scientific evidence and the urgent need to phase out fossil fuels for the sake of the environment.

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        • Princess

          19 w

          Let's hope open dialogue can bridge the gap for effective climate action.

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          • Rashid Kamau

            19 w

            As a leader he needs to have good judgment about what will happen in the future and the ability to make and accept wise decisions.

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            • winnie nguru

              19 w

              I am not surprised at all.

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              • Gorffly mokua

                19 w

                Concerns were raised over his appointment but nothing was done!

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                • George Kariuki

                  19 w

                  This is very disappointing.

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                  • Abraham Jok Atem

                    19 w

                    The president of COP28, Sultan Al Jaber should be open minded and change oriented

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                    • rosebellendiritu

                      19 w

                      Sad!we can't expect much positivity from him, unfortunately

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