CNN's Angela Dewan and Laura Paddison reporting that the COP28 climate summit draft drops the mention of fossil fuel phase-out.
The COP28 climate summit is facing criticism and potential failure after the latest draft agreement removed explicit language calling for the phase-out of fossil fuels. Originally, the draft was expected to include stronger commitments against fossil fuels, supported by over 100 countries. However, the new version presents watered-down language and vague terms like "could", disappointing many climate advocates and experts. The draft suggests reducing fossil fuel consumption and production as a part of a wider range of actions to cut emissions, but lacks concrete timelines and specific commitments. This change is seen as a concession to oil-producing nations like Saudi Arabia, who have opposed direct references to fossil fuels. The dilution of the draft has sparked criticism from figures like former U.S. Vice President Al Gore and various climate organizations, while others, like Mohamed Adow from Power Shift Africa, remain cautiously optimistic. The Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) and the European Union have expressed strong dissatisfaction with the draft, indicating a challenging path ahead for the summit's conclusion.
(This article was written with assistance from ChatGPT)