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UN Secretary-General Calls For A Fossil Fuels Intervention

The fossil fuel industry is "feasting" on billions in subsidies and windfall profits as "our planet burns," UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Tuesday in his address to the General Assembly.

"Our world is addicted to fossil fuels. It's time for an intervention," Guterres said, adding that we need to hold fossil fuel companies "and their enablers" to account.

Those enablers include banks, private equity firms, asset managers, and other financial institutions that continue to "invest and underwrite carbon pollution." The enablers also include the "public relations machine that is raking in billions" by protecting the fossil fuel industry.

Guterres then called on all developed economies to tax windfall profits of fossil fuel companies, the funds of which should be given to "countries suffering loss and damage caused by the climate crisis; and to people struggling with rising food and energy prices."

Guterres also called on leaders to realize the goals of the Paris Agreement. What's more, Guterres said, renewable energy creates more jobs, is cheaper than fossil fuels, and is "the pathway to energy security, stable prices, and new industries."

Developing countries need help to make this shift, he added, through international coalitions to support their energy transitions.

Last month, Guterres also spoke out against the oil and gas industry, accusing it of "grotesque greed," citing the "close to $100 billion" in combined profits in Q1 from the world's largest oil and gas companies.

"It is immoral for oil and gas companies to be making record profits from this energy crisis on the backs of the poorest people and communities, at a massive cost to the climate," Guterres said at the time.

"The climate crisis is coming," Guterres warned, followed by a "once-in-a-generation global cost-of-living crisis", fallout from the pandemic, soaring food and energy prices, inflation, and more. The result, the Secretary General said, is inevitable social unrest "with conflict not far behind."'

By Julianne Geiger for Oilprice.com

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  • steve Clark on September 20 2022 said:
    Wow...this guy is crazy.

    The earth itself loves carbon, everything green want 1000 part per million co2 just like the old days (+3mm years ago, before the ice age) it is people and where they choose to live that is the problem.

    If anything, we have a world that is over populated, and everyone wants a 1st world life style
  • Jeff Leggett on September 20 2022 said:
    A member of the Portuguese Socialist Party, Guterres served as prime minister of Portugal from 1995 to 2002.

    Guterres served as secretary-general of the Socialist Party from 1992 to 2002. He was elected prime minister in 1995 and resigned in 2002, after his party was defeated in the 2001 Portuguese local elections. After six years governing without an absolute majority and with a poor economy, the Socialist Party did worse than expected because of losses in Lisbon and Porto.

    this guy is as communist as they come and using climate bs to exploit his failed policies
  • T G on September 20 2022 said:
    How can they be greedy when they don't set the price?

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