The president of the U.N Climate Change Conference, also known as COP28, dismissed the idea that there’s “science” supporting the elimination of fossil fuel usage to meet climate change targets.
While admitting that a phase-out of fossil fuel is “inevitable,” Mr. Al Jaber insisted that “we need to be real, serious, and pragmatic about it.”
In a heated discussion with Mary Robinson, chair of The Elders, a global leadership group, Mr. Al Jaber criticized the push for eliminating the use of fossil fuel.
“You’re asking for a phase-out of fossil fuel. Please help me, show me a 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. Show me. Give me the solution,” said Mr. Al Jaber, who’s also the United Arab Emirates (UAE) minister of industry and advanced technology.
Mr. Al Jaber said the UAE is a leader in low-carbon energy but that the world will continue to need reliable energy sources.
“We don’t want alarmists. We want solutions. Enough of alarmists. Enough of pointing fingers,” he said.
Reaction to CommentsResponding to Mr. Al Jaber’s comments, U.S. climate envoy John Kerry told CNBC that “every decision we make should be geared to say, ‘Does this advance the 1.5 degrees or is it going to be more destructive and take us in the wrong direction?’”
The COP28 president’s comments were welcomed by some online.
“Kaboom at #COP28 ... conference president Sultan Al Jaber rejects climate hoax,” Steve Milloy, a Fox News contributor, said in a Dec. 4 X post. “The hoax will never be the same.”
“FINALLY SOMEONE IS TELLING THE TRUTH,” Australian politician Craig Kelley said in a Dec. 3 X post. “This is a death blow to NET ZERO—Australia must abandon NET ZERO.”
Mr. Al Jaber also faced criticism for rejecting the climate change narrative.
Climate Change AlarmismThe Conference of Parties (COP) is the “supreme decision-making body” of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change. COP28, or the 28th U.N. climate change conference, is currently being held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, through Dec. 12.
Mr. Al Jaber’s rejection of immediate fossil fuel phase-out as a means to keep global warming below the 1.5 degree limit contrasts sharply with the official U.N. position on the matter.
“My hopes for #COP28—commitments to get nationally determined contributions in line with 1.5 degrees Celsius limit, fossil fuel phase-out & big investments in renewables, acceleration of climate justice,” Mr. Guterres said in a Dec. 3 X post.
It suggested that “countries should aim for a near total phase-out of coal production and use by 2040 and a combined reduction in oil and gas production and use by three-quarters by 2050 from 2020 levels, at a minimum.”
The Real DataWhile climate alarmists, along with the United Nations, continue to insist that global warming is a catastrophic threat, data suggests otherwise. The issue of climate change is broadly more complicated and involves a range of variables, most of which are ignored by mainstream scientists and media.
“Climate science should be less political, while climate policies should be more scientific. Scientists should openly address uncertainties and exaggerations in their predictions of global warming, while politicians should dispassionately count the real costs as well as the imagined benefits of their policy measures,” the declaration stated.
“All of the models that predict catastrophic global warming fail the key test of the scientific method: they grossly overpredict the warming versus actual data,” they wrote. “Even at today’s relatively low levels, atmospheric CO2 is now ‘heavily saturated,’ in physics terms, meaning that additional increases in atmospheric CO2 can have little warming effect.”
“600 million years of data prove that today’s CO2 level of 420 parts per million (ppm) is very low, not high. 600 million years of data show that higher levels of CO2 do not cause or even correlate with higher temperatures.”