Cop28 Agreement Calls for Fossil Fuel Phase Out

Tell your reps to reject climate denial and commit to phasing out fossil fuels.

  • 207
    Migi Rae
    01/04/2024

    We're doomed.

  • 276
    Harry
    12/15/2023

    Call me a climate denier, but you will never be able to phase out the needed for fossel fuels. How else are they going to fly all their private jets to the COP conferences?

  • 1,113
    Reilly
    12/15/2023

    I like cheap and reliable energy. So I'll be driving my horrible gas car for the forseeable future. 

  • 2,380
    Martha
    12/13/2023

    What good was this meeting if the members did not issue a strong statement to eliminate the use of fossil fuels or to at least expand the use of technology to capture carbon emissions from the burning of fossil fuels during the phase-out of fossil fuels.  Seems like a waste of two weeks to me.

  • 24.3k
    Frank_001
    12/13/2023

    "Whilst we didn’t turn the page on the fossil fuel era in Dubai, this outcome is the beginning of the end.”

    – United Nations Climate Secretary Simon Stiell

    Delegates at UN climate talks in Dubai agree to 'transition away' from planet-warming fossil fuels 13 Dec 2023

    https://apnews.com/article/64c0e39e6ad54a98e05e5201a2215293
    BY SETH BORENSTEIN, DAVID KEYTON, JAMEY KEATEN AND SIBI ARASU
    ~3:30 am EST
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — United Nations climate negotiators directed the world on Wednesday to transition away from planet-warming fossil fuels in a move the talks chief called historic, despite critics’ worries about loopholes.

    Within minutes of opening Wednesday’s session, COP28 President Sultan al-Jaber gaveled approval of the central document — the global stocktake that says how off-track the world is on climate and how it will get back on track — without asking for comments. Delegates stood and hugged each other.

    “It is a plan that is led by the science,’’ al-Jaber said. “It is an enhanced, balanced, but make no mistake, a historic package to accelerate climate action. It is the UAE consensus.”

    “We have language on fossil fuel in our final agreement for the first time ever,” said al-Jaber, who’s also CEO of the UAE’s oil company.

    United Nations Climate Secretary Simon Stiell told delegates their efforts were “needed to signal a hard stop to humanity’s core climate problem: fossil fuels and that planet-burning pollution. Whilst we didn’t turn the page on the fossil fuel era in Dubai, this outcome is the beginning of the end.”

    Read the full story

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    Brian
    12/12/2023

    This is what happens when you allow a fossil fuel company to run the conference and you invite all the oil and gas companies to attend. 

    We need to stop listening to the dollars and listen to the planet. We cannot continue burning fossil fuels for any reason, and the sooner we turn to clean and sustainable energy the better off we'll all be.

    I'm very sad that this has happened, and I hope those leaders who are actually invested in saving our environment will do better after this conference is over to ensure this never happens again and we can make new agreements soon.

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    Frank_001
    12/12/2023

    We know what to do.  The lines are clearly drawn.

    Reminds me of the fight over tobacco. The tobacco producers fought back hard, too.

    Cop28 draft climate deal criticised as ‘grossly insufficient’ and ‘incoherent’ | Cop28 | The Guardian
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/dec/11/cop28-draft-agreement-calls-for-fossil-fuel-cuts-but-avoids-phase-out

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    A draft deal to cut global fossil fuel production is “grossly insufficient” and “incoherent” and will not stop the world from facing dangerous climate breakdown, according to delegates at the UN’s Cop28 summit.

    The text put forward by the summit presidency after 10 days of wrangling was received with concern and anger by many climate experts and politicians, though others welcomed elements of the draft including the first mention in a Cop text of reducing fossil fuel production.

    Some countries are despairing that the text does not require a full phase-out of fossil fuels.

    Cedric Schuster of Samoa, chair of the Alliance of Small Island States, said: “We will not sign our death certificate. We cannot sign on to text that does not have strong commitments on phasing out fossil fuels.”

    The Cop28 presidency released a draft text in the early evening on Monday, which called for “reducing both consumption and production of fossil fuels, in a just, orderly and equitable manner, so as to achieve net zero by, before or around 2050, in keeping with the science”.

    The text avoids highly contentious calls for a “phase-out” or “phase-down” of fossil fuels, which have been the focus of deep disagreement among the more than 190 countries meeting in Dubai.

    But instead of requiring fossil fuel producers to cut their output, it frames such reductions as optional, by calling on countries to “take actions that could include” reducing fossil fuels. “That one word ‘could’ just kills everything,” said Eamon Ryan, Ireland’s environment minister, adding that the EU could walk out of the talks if the text did not improve.

    “We can’t accept this text,” Ryan said. “It’s not anywhere near ambitious enough. It’s not broad enough. It’s not what parties have been calling for … we have to stitch climate justice into every part of this text and we are not anywhere near that yet.”

    The text is expected to form the key outcome of this fortnight of fraught talks on the future of climate action, which are scheduled to end on Tuesday morning in the United Arab Emirates.

    If the language on fossil fuels survives an expected onslaught from the negotiators of big oil-producing countries, it would mark the first time that countries were being asked under the UN framework convention on climate change to reduce their fossil fuel production.

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  • 7,335
    larubia
    12/07/2023

    Al Jaber is protecting his country's income, not the planet. Who put a climate denier in charge of this conference?

     

    A better idea: a conference led by SCIENTISTS AND CLIMATE RESEARCHERS that world leaders attend. Afterwards, the leaders could come together to make actionable plans for greener renewable sources of energy that benefit the entire planet & all living beings. 

  • 2,380
    Martha
    12/06/2023

    All countries need to end the use of fosil fuels if we want a planet to live on.  However if Trump gets back in the WH climate change won't really matter because he'll have us involved in some insane war where we''re all likely to be nuked.

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    Frank_001
    12/06/2023

    Sultan Al-Jaber was the choice made by the rulers of the UAE, the host country of COP28.

    "This appointment goes beyond putting the fox in charge of the henhouse,” said Teresa Anderson, global lead on climate justice at ActionAid, a development charity."

    As the saying goes,"Watch what they do not what they say."

     

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    Brian
    12/06/2023

    Al Jaber has attempted to walk back some of these comments, but he still remains a poor head of this conference because he is deeply entrenched in the oil and gas industry.

    I'm still hopeful that some progress has been made so far at the conference, but we need to ensure that future conferences and efforts are completely free of the influence or participation of the fossil fuel industry.

    This industry cannot be part of the solution, because they are the main problem (along with wealthy individuals who line the pockets of politicians). We don't need cooperation from fossil fuels, we need to eliminate them and ignore them completely while we develop and use sustainable, clean energy sources. 

    Al Jaber should be a cautionary tale and the last such biased member of these conferences.

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    LeslieG
    12/06/2023

    Al Jaber has a conflict of interest as COP28 President but heading an oil company that will suffer serious financial loses, but further clarified his statement saying it was inevitable that a phase-out, phase-down of fossil fuel was needed to meet climate goals but how it's done will effect economic growth.

     "He continued that the 1.5-degree goal was his “north star,” and a phase-down and phase-out of fossil fuel was “inevitable” but “we need to be real, serious and pragmatic about it.”

     "Al Jaber’s presidency of the COP28 summit has been controversial. The Emirati businessman is the UAE’s climate envoy and chairs the board of directors of its renewables company, but he also heads the state-owned Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC)."

    https://www.cnn.com/2023/12/03/climate/cop28-al-jaber-fossil-fuel-phase-out/index.html

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/dec/03/back-into-caves-cop28-president-dismisses-phase-out-of-fossil-fuels

     

  • 3,243
    Surender
    12/05/2023

    Putin visiting uae & saudi 

    US and EU need to wake up

    with friends like these who needs enemies

    let them discover how great a friend china and russia can be 

    deny them access to arms, tech, banking, visas etc