During an appearance on the December 5 episode of CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper, PBS science correspondent Miles O’Brien discussed how the fossil fuel industry “nearly quadrupled registrations at this year's COP28” in an effort to influence decision making around a controversial and unproven energy technology.
From November 30 through December 12, representatives from nearly 200 countries are meeting in Dubai for COP28, the United Nations’ annual climate summit to negotiate goals and steps related to the mitigation of human-induced climate change. This year’s Conference of the Parties seeks to address numerous important issues, but a key concern is the outsized role that the fossil fuel industry is playing.
Arielle Samuelson in the December 5 edition of Heated highlights how the 2,456 fossil fuel lobbyists at COP28 aim to influence negotiations over carbon offset credits, seeking ways to bypass stringent climate goals.
She writes that their focus on technologies like carbon capture, which would require unrealistic amounts of energy and carbon storage to limit global warming, exemplifies their strategy to avoid reducing fossil fuel usage, which is essential for a sustainable future:
These solutions skirt the real problem—fossil fuels. And that’s the real reason there are so many fossil fuel lobbyists at this year’s COP, because they’ve never had more to lose. Experts say that fossil fuel use has to fall by a quarter by 2030, and by more than 75 percent by 2050. Any delay will endanger the path toward a liveable future, according to the world’s foremost scientists.
Amplifying recent print and online news coverage, the December 5 episode of CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper featured Miles O’Brien, science correspondent for PBS NewsHour, who explained the conflicts of interest inherent in having the fossil fuel industry play such a prevalent role at COP28.
O’Brien also detailed the industry’s efforts to greenwash its products and to push false solutions such as carbon capture in the face of a burgeoning, competitive renewables market.