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Record number of fossil fuel lobbyists at COP28 talks, report NGOs

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🗞️ Driving the news: COP28 has seen a record nearly 2,500 fossil fuel lobbyists gain accreditation, amid crucial discussions on ending new fossil fuel projects
• If taken as a group they outnumber "every country delegation" apart from Brazil and the UAE

🔭 The context: This unprecedented number of industry representatives at the climate summit highlights the significant influence of fossil fuel sectors in shaping global climate policies
• This is especially given how the UAE has made no secret of its plans to include fossil fuel interests

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The presence of these lobbyists could critically impact the progress and outcomes of climate negotiations, affecting key decisions related to global climate action and energy transition
• It may be decisive in determining whether the world will take a phase-out or phase-down approach to fossil fuels

⏭️ What's next: The influence of fossil fuel lobbyists on COP28's decisions and commitments will be a key aspect to watch, potentially shaping future climate policies and strategies

💬 One quote: "When you have a petrostate in charge of the process, then we have this ridiculous situation where the main polluters have to give their permission for the world to make common sense decisions to save the future of humanity." (Al Gore, former U.S. Vice President)

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