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Summit chairman Sultan al-Jaber said ending fossil fuels would “return humanity to the cave age”.

Summit chairman Sultan al-Jaber said ending fossil fuels would “return humanity to the cave age”.

He said this during an online event organized by the She Changes Climate initiative, according to a video published by the Guardian.



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Emirati President of COP28, Sultan Al-Jaber, during a meeting in Dubai (United Arab Emirates), December 2, 2023.  (KARIM SAHIB/AFP)

Words that come back and leave a stain. The Emirati president of COP28, Sultan Al-Jaber, questioned the need to move away from fossil fuels to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius during a tense exchange with former Irish president Mary Robinson in November. Guardian Sunday, December 3.

Since the start of the 28th United Nations Climate Change Conference, many countries and organizations have announced commitments to reduce the use of fossil fuels such as gas and coal. These energy sources emit greenhouse gases responsible for accelerating global warming, which should limit warming to 1.5°C or less than 2°C by 2100.

“Show me a road map to get off fossil fuels that is compatible with socio-economic development without sending the world back to the cave age”However, Sultan Al-Jaber declared During an online event organized by the initiative on November 21 She changes the weatherAccording to a video broadcast Guardian. He said this while responding to questions raised by former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson.

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“I will by no means subscribe to alarmist debates. No scientific study, no scenario, says that exiting fossil fuels will allow us to reach 1.5°C”, The President of COP28 continued. “1.5°C is my north star. And my view is that the reduction and withdrawal from fossil fuels is inevitable. It is necessary. But we have to be serious and pragmatic.” These comments caused quite a stir. Scientists interviewed by Guardian Criticisms “Incredibly disturbing” And “On the Verge of Climate Denial”.

Sultan al-Jaber, who is also the director of Adnak, the UAE’s national oil company, has stuck to the same line every time he has spoken since June. This means that depletion of fossil fuels is inevitable, but before we cut fossil fuels we must first build tomorrow’s energy system. Developed countries should be an example for that.

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