November 30, 2021

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COP26 | Saudi Arabia has denied sabotage talks

(Glasgow) UN. As he walked down a sidewalk during climate talks, his traditional canopy cloth was wrapped around him with a tight smile on his face, and the Saudi energy minister says he was shocked by repeated complaints that it was the world’s largest oil. The producer is working behind the scenes to ruin the conversation.


Ellen Nickmeyer and Helena Alves
Associated Press

During the talks in Glasgow, Scotland, Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman Al Saud said, “You have heard a false accusation, a fraud and a lie.” He was responding to a request from reporters to respond to allegations that Saudi Arabian negotiators were trying to prevent climate change that threatened oil demand.

“We have done a good job,” said Prince Abdulaziz, the head of the UN climate talks and others.

Negotiators from about 200 countries are due next weekend to find a consensus on the next steps to be taken to reduce global fossil fuel emissions and tackle climate change.

Saudi Arabia’s participation in climate negotiations may seem irrelevant: participation in negotiations, which play a key role in reducing consumption of oil and other fossil fuels, has become richer and more powerful thanks to oil. Saudi leaders have vowed to take part in efforts to reduce emissions in their country and have made it clear that they want to pump and sell their oil until demand allows.

The Saudi Arabian delegation in Glasgow has put forward proposals ranging from calls to leave talks every day at 6pm, often extended until early morning, to negotiate with soldiers on climate claims. In an attempt to block the agreement on measures to reduce the consumption of coal, gas and oil around the world.

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“It simply came to our notice then. They tell themselves: Do not work at night and accept that it will not be ambitious when it’s rapidly reducing climate-destroying fossil fuel pollution, ”said Jennifer Dolman, a researcher at the European Response Group E3G. On climate.

“If other countries want to agree with Saudi Arabia, they can criticize Saudi Arabia,” he said.Me Dolman.

Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland and chair of a group of senior climate policy analysts, told the Associated Press on Thursday that Russia and Saudi Arabia were “pressing hard” to prevent any mention of Glasgow’s final agreement to reduce or reduce coal. Government subsidy for fossil fuels.

Spoiler has long been accused of playing a role in Saudi Arabia’s climate negotiations. This year, it is the main country distinguished by the negotiators, the private speakers, and the audience, the public speakers. Russia and Australia are in talks with Saudi Arabia over countries that consider their future dependent on coal, natural gas or oil and are pushing for an agreement on Glasgow’s climate.

Despite efforts to diversify the economy, oil accounts for more than half of Saudi Arabia’s revenue, allowing the state and the royal family to float and ensure some stability. Half of Saudi workers still work in the public sector, and most of their wages are paid for by oil.

China is the world’s largest pollutant, relying on coal. While the United States and China have pledged to jointly accelerate efforts to reduce emissions, the country says it will not be able to switch to cleaner energy as quickly as Western nations ask.

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There is a central issue in the negotiations: according to scientists and the United Nations, the world has had less than a decade to halve its emissions from fossil fuels and agriculture to avoid the catastrophic conditions of global warming.

It is not surprising that the island nations, which will disappear under the oceans in the event of global warming, are putting too much pressure on the Glasgow crowd to lead to a tough deal at this summit.

At the same time, climate advocates accuse the US and the EU of not yet paying their full weight in supporting the island nations’ demands, although the US and the EU often wait until the last days of negotiations. Firm positions on the points discussed.

The United States, the world’s worst polluter in history and a major producer of oil and gas, has come under fire. The Climate Action Network insulted the Biden administration by awarding it the ‘Fossil of the Day’ award to President Joe Biden, who visited Glasgow last week with an ambitious climate speech. Oil production.

Jennifer Morgan, executive director of the environmental group Greenpeace, added that other governments must “isolate the Saudi delegation” if the climate conference is to succeed.

Saudi Arabia has not hesitated to join the government’s feverish climate promises ahead of the talks. Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced ahead of the Glasgow Conference that it would reduce its carbon emissions to zero by 2060.

But for years, Saudi leaders have vowed to pump out every last oil molecule.

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Alton Meyer, a senior ally of the E3G Climate Research Group, described Saudi Arabia’s role in global climate talks as “empty and cynical”.

Associated Press journalists Frank Jordans, Anniruda Kossel and Seth Boranstein contributed to the production of this article.