Attending the 27th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change are 600 oil and gas companies, fossil fuel companies responsible for the warming of the planet, lobbying against initiatives aimed at curbing fossil fuel use.
Pacific participants at the conference expressed concerns about the impact of the 600 fuel companies lobbying at the world’s largest climate policy-making body.
“They’re making a big impact… because they are fossil fuel lobbyists. You can imagine I’m the only one from the Pacific that’s an anti-fossil fuel lobbyist here, and you have 600 companies, not 600 delegates, 600 corporations… and that’s a lot of big corporations. As long as you don’t mention or call phasing out oil, coal, and gas, they’re pretty happy. So I think they’re not ..happy with some of the movements ..that look into putting taxes and levies on them,” expressed Olai Ngedikes Uludong, Anti-Fossil Fuel Advisor for the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty.
Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty proposed to “ end new fossil fuel exploration and expansion, phase out existing production in line with the global commitment to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, and accelerate an equitable transition to renewable energy.”
The call was made initially by Tuvalu, joined by Vanuatu at the COP27 in Egypt.
President Whipps, in his address at COP27, reiterated, “We should no longer be held hostage to fossil fuels.” (By: L.N. Reklai)