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Climate warning

The leaked letter from OPEC, which in desperation tries to influence the COP28 meeting not to phase out fossil fuels.

SGO/2023/OC0975 6 December 2023

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Excellency, I am writing to you with a sense of utmost urgency. As the COP28 is approaching its final days, intense negotiations are underway to finalize a decision on the first global stocktaking process (GST) under the Paris Agreement.
It seems that the undue and disproportionate pressure against fossil fuels may reach a tipping point with irreversible consequences, as the draft decision still contains options on fossil fuels phase out (e.g. paragraph 35 of the negotiation text of 5 December 2023 as attached).
While OPEC Member Countries and Non-OPEC Countries participating in the Charter of Cooperation (CoC) are taking climate change seriously and have a proven record on climate actions, it would be unacceptable that politically motivated campaigns put our people's prosperity and future at risk.
I avail of this opportunity to respectfully urge all esteemed OPEC Member Countries and Non-OPEC Countries participating in the CoC and their distinguished delegations in the COP 28 negotiations to proactively reject any text or formula that targets energy i.e. fossil fuels rather than emissions. Your immediate guidance and instruction in that regard would be highly appreciated. esteem.
Please accept, Excellency, the assurances of my highest consideration and Haitham Al Ghais Secretary General Att.: GST negotiation text as of 5 December 2023 Governors for OPEC and Environmental Focal Persons Helferstorferstrasse 17, A-1010 Vienna, Austria Tel.: +43 (0)1 21112-0 Fax: +43 (0)1 2164320



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  • Tabitha Kimani

    18 w

    This is expected of the fossil fuel magnates.

    2
    • Rotich Kim

      18 w

      We need to have honestly and open conversation we cannot avoid to deal with the problem but all must come out clean and address the issues as we look for a long lasting solutions....

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      • Terry Dundovic

        18 w

        This is outrageous!!!🤬. OPEC is corrupt and selfish, it has no regard for the beautiful planet we live on 😢

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        • George Kariuki

          18 w

          Very much disappointing.

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          • Alireza Makvandi

            18 w

            I believe that the potentials and thinking people in different countries have been used less. There are ways to stabilize or eliminate fossil fuels, and this should be done in a gradual but rapid movement under the current conditions. However, if the planet's ecosystem is important to us, we should allow other experts to enter this field, but they should not be politically biased because the goal is to help solve the problem of climate change. Therefore, it should be stated that we can. I have done many studies and researches and solutions regarding water salinity, fine dust, water stress, flood control, prevention of evaporation of dam lake water and forest fire extinguishing, reduction of climate change and I can say that I have something to say about this.

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            • Johannes Luiga

              18 w

              The true face of the fossil fuels industry

              • Tom Midgley

                18 w

                What am I being asked to agree ? The letter is an abomination, a disgrace - and just a confirmation of the total insincerity of the Oil company engagement with the COP. I'm not asked to agree with the letter then, so what am I agreeing ???

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                • Travis Zly

                  18 w

                  While the desire to save the planet cannot be faulted, there must be a two-speed solution to the crisis, with Africa (including former Portuguese colony Angola) being given a longer time for transition. Please consider what we in Africa are witnessing. Africa produces about 5% of global CO2 emissions, but sub-Saharan Africa is drowning under a flood of European financial capital which is hoovering up all the solar, wind and hydro resources which the continent has to offer, with absolutely zero benefit for an entire generation of unemployed African youth (millions upon millions of souls, living in abject poverty). Furthermore, all the hardware is manufactured in Europe (such as tens of thousands of Vestas wind turbines, shipped directly from Spain). The African manufacturing sector has been completely bypassed. The "scramble for Africa" by European energy firms is utterly immoral, because it seeks to harvest Africa's billions of hectares of pristine land for Carbon-offsets, with no thought given to anything but 'return on capital invested'. The biggest culprits are Norway (solar), Denmark (wind) and Germany (hydrogen). Grass-roots youth-campaigners like 'We Don't Have Time' need to seriously look at intervening on behalf of sub-Saharan Africa, rather than punishing the continent for not having advanced engineering and manufacturing facilities nor a vast pool of available capital. Europe needs to help sub-Saharan Africa, rather than exploit it. So, rather than rushing to meet climate deadlines at all costs, Europe's youth need to come up with a realistic timeline - determined by the youth of Europe in partnership with the youth of sub-Saharan Africa - in which to empower Africa's youth to become entrepreneurs, financiers, designers, engineers and manufacturers in the renewable energy sector. The unseemly haste with which Europe's youth are stampeding for the exits from global warming, risks trampling the youth of Africa underfoot and totally denying them a stake in a shared future. Please reconsider the terrible consequences you are inflicting on Angola's youth by rejecting their plea for a little more time.

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                  • Alex Fullerton

                    18 w

                    This is the same argument we hear from those employed by the oil industry at home (Canada). They refuse to acknowledge anything that threatens the financial well-being of their families, which is a legitimate concern for average working individuals. This is why there is so much conversation around a 'Just Transition'. A just transition reduces emissions, creates good jobs, and supports individuals and communities vulnerable to change. In other words, how can we help these people transition away from the fossil fuel-based economy? We need to communicate and demonstrate the alternative. A sustainable, circular, renewable energy-based economy. Teach them.

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                    • Fernanda Poblete

                      18 w

                      This is absolutely surreal and undermined all sort of negotiations or moving fwrd without fossil fuels … we can’t afford life style of the few while the rest of the planet is burning down… the global south is dying by the greed of the few.

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                      • Ted Weber

                        18 w

                        To solve the climate crisis, we have to solve the corruption crisis.

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                        • Gabriella Coppolecchia

                          18 w

                          When will they stop worrying about economic growth in such an emergency???

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                          • Jane Wangui

                            18 w

                            @gabriella_coppolecchia Cop 28 has indeed threatened lots of people who are benefiting from fossil fuels.

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                          • Michael Streeter

                            18 w

                            The moment the carbon gets past the well head it goes into the atmosphere one way or another. It may be directly via fugitive emissions or flaring, indirectly by being refined to fuel and burned, or even made into plastic and buried for 300 years in a landfill, but one way or another it's taken out of the ground and put into the air. Please. Stop. OPEC.

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                            • Kevin

                              18 w

                              No one or organization should be above the Paris treaty, to imagine that the fossil fuel phase out is going to be derailed is very misguided

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                              • Jane Wangui

                                18 w

                                @Kevin They know Cop 28 talks will yield fruits in the long run.

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                              • johnte ndeto

                                18 w

                                It's totally unbelievable

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                                • Princess

                                  18 w

                                  Leaders need to balance making money and switching to clean energy fairly.

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                                  • Clement Spanoh

                                    18 w

                                    The writer is typically egocentric

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                                    • Ulrich Loening

                                      18 w

                                      The decision has to be based, not on what constitutes a way of life for thos involved with fossil fuels, but on what constitutes a way of life for the whole world. Truly a turning point that all must recognise.

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