CNBC's Sam Meredith is reporting that COP28 president sparks outcry after he claims there’s ‘no science’ behind fossil fuel phase out.
COP28 President Sultan al-Jaber is facing significant criticism for his statement that there is "no science" supporting the phase-out of fossil fuels, a critical issue at the heart of the U.N. climate conference. Al-Jaber, who also leads the Abu Dhabi National Oil Co., suggested that phasing out fossil fuels would hinder sustainable development and return society to primitive conditions. His remarks have been widely criticized by scientists and climate advocates as misleading and akin to climate denial. Despite his assertion that his team respects the science, his comments have drawn rebuke, including from prominent figures like U.S. climate envoy John Kerry and former U.S. Vice President Al Gore. The controversy highlights the tension at COP28 over the future of fossil fuel use, with discussions focusing on whether to phase out or down fossil fuels and the role of carbon capture technologies in mitigating emissions. The outcome of these debates will be crucial in determining the effectiveness of global climate mitigation efforts.
(This article was written with assistance from ChatGPT)