"To Phase Out Or Phase Down Fossil Fuels? That Is The Question At COP28"

"DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — After days of shaving off the edges of key warming issues, climate negotiators Tuesday zeroed in on the tough job of dealing with the main cause of what’s overheating the planet: fossil fuels.

As scientists, activists and United Nations officials repeatedly detailed how the world needs to phase-out the use of coal, oil and natural gas, the United Arab Emirates-hosted conference opened “energy transition day” with a session headlined by top officials of two oil companies.

Negotiators produced a new draft of what’s expected to be the core document of the U.N. talks, something called the Global Stocktake, but it had so many possibilities in its 24-pages that it didn’t give too much of a hint of what will be agreed upon when the session ends next week. Whatever is adopted has to be agreed on by consensus so it has to be near unanimous."

Sibi Arasu and Seth Borenstein report for the Associated Press December 5, 2023.


"It’s Big Oil vs. Science at the U.N. Climate Summit" (New York Times)

"Global Fossil Fuel Emissions Are Rising, Report Finds" (New York Times)

"COP28: Will There Be An Agreement To Phase Out Fossil Fuels?" (Reuters)

Source: AP, 12/06/2023