UN chief: Fossil fuel companies ‘have humanity by the throat’ of climate crisis

The fossil fuel companies and the banks that fund them are “keeping humanity by the throat”, the UN Secretary-General said, in a “violent” attack on the industry and its backers, who are reaping record profits amid skyrocketing energy prices. Ukraine war.

António Guterres compared fossil fuel companies to tobacco companies that continued to promote their addictive products while concealing or attacking clearly demonstrated health advice. The links between smoking and cancerThis is the first time such a similarity has been drawn.

He said, “It seems we are trapped in a world where fossil fuel producers and financiers have humanity by the throat. For decades, the fossil fuel industry has invested heavily in pseudoscience and public relations — with a false narrative to downplay its responsibility for climate change and undermine ambitious climate policies.”

They exploited exactly the same egregious tactics as the big tobacco companies decades ago. Like tobacco interests, fossil fuel interests and their financial partners must not escape responsibility.”

Speaking to the Major Economies Forum, a climate conference organized by the White House, Guterres criticized governments for failing to rein in fossil fuels, and in many cases seeking to increase production of gas, oil and even coal, the dirtiest of fossil fuels.

He said, “Nothing can be more visible or present than the danger of the expansion of fossil fuels. Even in the short term, fossil fuels have no political or economic meaning.”

The President of the United States, Joe Biden, is Travel to Saudi Arabia to lobby for increased oil productionSome European Union countries are seeking gas from Africa, developing countries around the world, and the United Kingdom Licensing new gas fields in the North Sea.

Governments are concerned about rising energy prices and rising food bills. energy Experts advised more renewable energy and improvements in energy efficiency as better alternatives, but much of their advice was ignored.

The Guardian understands that Guterres has been outraged by the recent behavior of fossil fuel companies, which have been making significant fortunes from The Ukraine war caused energy prices to soar. Much of these bountiful profits are likely to be invested in new exploration and expansion of fossil fuel resources.

The Guardian recently unveiled nearly 200 new projects – “carbon bombs– If this is completed, it will push the world’s chances of limiting global temperatures to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.

Guterres is understandably angry that, six months after the COP26 climate summit, and after three terrible reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – The ‘strongest warning yet’ from climate scientists Countries and companies ignore science and squander opportunities to put the world on a greener path, when renewable energy is cheaper and safer than fossil fuels.

The International Energy Agency warned last year that all new oil, gas and coal exploration and development should stop this year to stay at the 1.5C threshold.

A senior UN official told the Guardian: “Even given the Secretary-General’s track record of speaking truth to power, this is a harsh intervention by the leaders of the world’s largest economies. The fossil fuel industry is taking a page out of the playbook, and this is completely unacceptable to the Secretary-General.” He is determined to call upon the fossil fuel industry and its financiers, and he will not be constrained by any diplomatic niceties.”

“For the Secretary-General, this is the battle of our lives and he will not back down,” the official added.

The latest round of United Nations talks on the climate crisis aims to pave the way for the next major summit, policeman 27 In November in Egypt, It ended without much progress in Bonn Thursday evening. Outgoing UN climate chief Patricia Espinosa warned that “there is still a lot to do” ahead of Cop27, as countries are supposed to deliver on promises they made at Cop26 to advance their plans to cut emissions in line with the 1.5C limit.