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OPEC leaders make case for fossil fuels at Riyadh climate event

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🗞️ Driving the news: OPEC heavyweights, including energy ministers from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Iraq, emphasized the importance of not stigmatizing the oil and gas industry in the climate debate
• They asserted that the industry has a role to play in an orderly energy transition during the U.N. MENA climate week in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

🔭 The context: These major hydrocarbon-producing nations expressed their responsibility to provide hydrocarbon resources to support a responsible and priced transition
• The UAE, set to host the COP28 climate summit, aims to facilitate global efforts to combat extreme weather events and curb global warming

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The COP28 summit signifies an opportunity for governments to accelerate action to address global warming and its catastrophic consequences
• However, reports suggest that countries are falling short of U.N. targets to limit global temperature rises, underscoring the challenges of balancing climate goals with the energy needs of hydrocarbon-producing nations

⏭️ What's next: The choice of Sultan al-Jaber, an OPEC member and leader of state oil giant ADNOC, as COP28 president has sparked debate as he advocates for inclusivity, urging the oil and gas industry to actively participate in climate discussions and embrace decarbonization initiatives
• As nations grapple with differing views on fossil fuel phase-outs and emissions capture, COP28 aims to shape transformational outcomes

💬 One quote: "The fact is, energy is fundamental to everyone, everywhere" (Sultan al-Jaber, COP28 president)

📈 One stat: 17 out of 27 COPs have been hosted by fossil fuel-producing nations, reflecting the intersection of global energy demands and climate action challenges, as noted by Sultan al-Jaber

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