More than 100 US and EU lawmakers appealed to the leaders of their international locations and the United Nations to oust oil government Sultan Al Jaber as head of this yr’s COP28 climate summit.
The politicians additionally requested that additional steps be taken to restrict the affect of fossil-fuel companies on the talks to be hosted by the United Arab Emirates on the finish of the yr. The appointment of Al Jaber, who runs state-owned Abu Dhabi Nationwide Oil Co., to steer a convention whose aim is to extend world motion to chop carbon emissions, has been controversial from the beginning.
The letter was addressed to US President Joe Biden, European Fee President Ursula von der Leyen, UN Secretary Common Antonio Guterres and UN’s local weather chief Simon Stiell. It was signed by 99 EU and 34 US lawmakers.
“For billions of individuals, the end result of COP28 and following worldwide climate negotiations will make the distinction between life and loss of life, chaos and solidarity,” mentioned Manon Aubry, a member of the European Parliament and one of many signatories. “Company greed and lobbyists’ lies have led us into this local weather disaster. We should stop private interests from interfering in politics and regain possession of our future.”
This isn’t the primary concerted effort to take away Al Jaber. In January, greater than two dozen US lawmakers known as on the nation’s local weather envoy John Kerry to use diplomatic stress on the UAE to exchange him as COP28 chief. In February, inexperienced EU lawmakers additionally made the identical case in a letter addressed to UN’s Stiell.
Beneath Al Jaber, Adnoc is ready to spice up oil and gasoline manufacturing, which is one thing the Worldwide Vitality Company and local weather scientists agree may trigger the world to blow previous limits for world warming set by means of the COP course of. Al Jaber can also be chairman of state-owned renewable vitality firm Masdar.
In response to the letter, the organizers of COP28 have given help to Al Jaber. “We consider that Dr. Sultan’s expertise as an engineer, working throughout the vitality spectrum, coupled together with his expertise as a senior world business chief, are property that may assist drive the UAE’s transformative method to COP28,” a spokesperson mentioned in an e-mailed assertion.
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