Our final hope is an Arab oil sheik who plans to extend manufacturing. Is not that an issue?

Essay by Eric Worrall

… A diplomat from a developed country said, “It couldn’t be much worse.” Another said, “You couldn’t make that up.” …

“The window is closing”: Cop28 must bring about a change of course in terms of climate

Six months to the UN summit in Dubai: Can the country’s oil exec bring unwilling countries to the line?

Fiona Harvey Environmental Editor Fri 2 Jun 2023 at 9pm AEST

“Cop28 needs to set tougher emissions reduction targets and commit to peak global emissions by 2025,” he said. “[There must be] a plan to fuel the clean energy revolution and a commitment to phase out fossil fuels. And a meaningful agreement on how to scale up public and private finance to help developing countries decarbonize their economies – from billions to trillions.”

That’s the theory. But even the most optimistic cop supporters might find their high hopes dwindling in the face of Cop28.

In such dire circumstances, any cop would be a challenge. There is an additional twist for Cop28. The event takes place in Dubai and is hosted by the United Arab Emirates, a leading oil and gas producer. And the official chosen to chair the summit – Sultan Al Jaber – is the CEO of the country’s national oil company, Adnoc, which is planning a major expansion in production capacity.

A diplomat from a developed country said: “It couldn’t be much worse.” Another said: “You couldn’t make that up.”

Jaber’s appointment in January was met with disbelief and dismay from climate activists and experts around the world. “If I were asked how to make Cop28 a success, I wouldn’t put the head of a fossil fuel company in charge of organizing it,” said Friederike Otto, Lecturer in Climate at Imperial College London’s Grantham Institute. “I would not invite fossil fuel company lobbyists. I would try to see that everything is done to phase out fossil fuels from the world’s energy supply as quickly as possible.”

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/jun/02/window-closing-cop28-change-course-climate-dubai

At least you can’t criticize COP for a lack of innovation – who knew they’d hire an oil sheik to chair a climate conference?

It’s clear that the only way forward is if the oil exec doesn’t live up to her expectations. Put a climate skeptic in charge. I hereby offer my services to organize the next COP conference after this one, COP29. For a modest, inflation-adjusted eight-figure salary and budget to match, I promise I’ll do at least as well as the Arab oilman.

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