Sultan Al Jaber says his statement on fossil fuels was “taken out of context,” but a full, unedited video of his comments suggests otherwise.
Sultan Al Jaber, the oil company boss presiding over the COP28 climate conference, has spent the last week defending himself against a rising tide of public outrage, first over how he reportedly tried to use the international talks to strike backdoor oil and gas deals for the United Arab Emirates and most recently that he dismissed the need to urgently phase out planet-warming fossil fuels.
Ahead of this year’s summit, which kicked off Nov. 30 in Dubai, Al Jaber claimed that there is “no science” to support the idea that phasing out oil, gas and coal is needed to limit planetary warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, the goal of the landmark Paris climate agreement, The Guardian reported Sunday.

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