Days before the UN climate talks, Qatari climate leader parties with Big Oil

• November 14, 2012
H.E. Abdullah bin Hamad al-Attiyah, chair of COP18

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With less than two weeks before the next round of UN climate negotiations in Doha, guess who the president of those crucial climate talks was having a party with? Yes, that’s right, Big Oil chiefs at the Oil & Money 2012 conference in London – a gathering of over 450 senior executives from the fossil fuel industry.

Qatari deputy prime minister Abdullah bin Hamad al-Attiyah, president of the UN Climate Change Summit, spoke yesterday at the oil industry event, extolling the virtues of hydrofracking and other new extraction technologies. His comments came just a day after the International Energy Agency released a report saying that no more than one-third of proven reserves of fossil fuels can be consumed prior to 2050 if we’re to avoid planetary disaster.

Attiyah also took the time from his busy schedule to congratulate the climate wreckers days before he’s supposed to rein them in, presenting the petroleum executive of the year award – an honour he received himself in 2007.

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  • Laszlo Keki

    Annoying and controversial a world we live in nowadays…

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