“Who’s Talking Climate Change Now?”: Arab States Respond to Global Demand for Energy Security

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

According to Al Jazeera, Arab states are responding to Ukraine war shortages, by pledging to “keep pumping oil until the last drop” to assist with the transition to renewable energy.

‘Who’s talking climate change now?’ energy producers say

With the Russian invasion of Ukraine boosting energy costs and reducing availability, proponents are pushing back against fossil fuel eradication.

2 Apr 2022

Proponents of fossil fuel production hit back against efforts to tackle the climate crisis by urgently phasing out the burning of hydrocarbons, as the Russian invasion of Ukraine severely disrupts energy supplies.

We definitely at this time need to include all available resources,” UAE Minister of Energy Suhail al-Mazrouei said at an energy forum in Dubai.

“We cannot ignore or say we are going to abandon certain production. It’s just not the right time, whatever reason you have,” he said, adding that doing so would make energy prices too high for millions around the world.

The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and other international bodies have said that to address climate change there should not be new investments in fossil fuel infrastructure, the fossil fuels most responsible for climate change must phase out over time.

OPEC projected that more oil will be needed through 2040 and beyond, particularly in Asia.

“Look at what is happening today. Who’s talking about climate change now? Who’s talking about attending to energy security first and foremost?” said Saudi Arabia’s Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman at the World Government Summit in Dubai.

Without energy security, countries will lose the means to tackle climate change, he said.

Saudi Arabia, which pledged to have net-zero emissions by 2060, is similarly cutting emissions domestically while vowing to keep pumping oil until the last drop.

Read more: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/4/2/whos-talking-climate-change-now-energy-producers-say

Beat that one Babylon Bee.

With President Biden’s administration begging Arab states to pump more oil, they get to be climate champions and wealthy oil producers all at the same time.

If only President Biden would extend the same courtesy to US domestic oil producers.

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Tom Halla
April 2, 2022 6:04 pm

I think John Kerry is even more demented than Joe Biden.

Reply to  Tom Halla
April 2, 2022 6:40 pm

But in a more coherent fashion. LMAO

Reply to  TRM
April 2, 2022 6:55 pm

Kerry has mo hair for sure.

R Taylor
Reply to  Scissor
April 3, 2022 6:25 am

But whose hair?

Reply to  Tom Halla
April 3, 2022 12:44 am

There is demented one on this side of Atlantic.
BoJo told industry leaders he has “a dream” that a giant floating wind farm could provide “gigawatts of energy and do it within a year”, according to a government source.
He doesn’t want the PM after the PM after him to be opening them – he wants to be opening them himself. – The Telegraph is reporting.

Reply to  Vuk
April 3, 2022 2:07 am

Bojo resides in fantasy land.

Gerry, England
Reply to  Klem
April 3, 2022 2:54 am

He is a complete moron. Just shows how desperate the situation in the UK has become when a lying clown like Johnson is Prime Minister.

The obvious question to ask the windmill cretins is – how will more windmills provide more energy when there is not enough wind?

Reply to  Gerry, England
April 3, 2022 4:06 am

A bigger moron than Trudeau?

Pat from kerbob
Reply to  Derg
April 3, 2022 1:07 pm

Not possible
Justin is and always will be the champ

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Vuk
April 3, 2022 11:36 pm

Domestic energy prices rose by 54% on 01/04/22 in the UK. He is a moron.

Mark Smith
April 2, 2022 6:18 pm

They have no chance to get their last drop- too corrupt.

Ron Long
April 2, 2022 6:21 pm

Thanks to the “big guy” and Putin, strange bedfellows, the Arab states not only get to ramp up production but they also get to sell it at more than double the price.

Reply to  Ron Long
April 2, 2022 6:57 pm

If I were in their sandals, I would play it up the same way.

Reply to  Scissor
April 2, 2022 9:44 pm

Agree .. lessons are best given to greentards the hard way because they are too stupid to understand it the easy way.

Joao Martins
Reply to  Ron Long
April 3, 2022 1:58 am

Nothing new: it follows the First Law of Green Economy.

Reply to  Ron Long
April 5, 2022 3:43 pm

They will need the money to buy weapons of war to defend themselves from Iran after Brandon is done with his new agreement freeing Iran of current economic restrictions.

April 2, 2022 6:39 pm

“keep pumping oil until the last drop to assist with the transition to renewable energy.” – LOL.

Well you have to admit that is a plan that will actually work. Keep using fossil fuels until that point “somewhere over the rainbow” where we’ve figured out either cheap efficient storage for intermittent energy sources or fusion / 4/5th gen nuke.

Reply to  TRM
April 2, 2022 7:16 pm

It’s called common sense and sounds a lot better than the alternative Dirty Harry approach – “you’ve got to ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya, punk?

Reply to  yirgach
April 3, 2022 4:08 am

What is common sense?

Reply to  Derg
April 3, 2022 4:23 am

That very rare commodiry.

April 2, 2022 7:51 pm

“Never let a disaster go to waste” seems to work for both sides except in this case it’s beneficial to all. How long will Americans let this administration inhibit fossil fuel production before making their voices heard?

Keith Van Ausdal
Reply to  markl
April 2, 2022 9:05 pm

November 2022

jeffery p
Reply to  markl
April 3, 2022 9:27 am

The election is in November, new Congress and Senate start business two months later.

Roger Dueck
April 2, 2022 8:20 pm

Oddly no talk of asking your frigid neighbours to the North for the same undertaking. Our Prime Moron in power sees fit to double down on our oil patch while at the same time promising to increase supply to alleviate the shortage. Insanity or ignorance?

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  Roger Dueck
April 2, 2022 8:26 pm

 Insanity or ignorance?”

Definitely, yes.

April 3, 2022 1:00 am

Who’s talking about climate change now?

The western media
White House

Only the converted take any notice.

Reply to  fretslider
April 5, 2022 3:45 pm

Only the politicos and their cronies who can financially benefit take any notice.

Geoff Sherrington
April 3, 2022 2:13 am

Who’s talking global warming now?
Here is the length of the pause in warming shown with AUH Australian data just in for March 2022.
No warming for 9 years and 8 months. Geoff S


Bruce Cobb
April 3, 2022 4:49 am

Arabian oil is in a way like Maxwell House coffee – it’s good to the last drop.

April 3, 2022 5:46 am

“If only President Biden would extend the same courtesy to US domestic oil producers.”

Can individual oil wells join OPEC?

April 3, 2022 6:24 am

And, the Green Bozos will pay dearly for that last drop.

April 3, 2022 9:18 am

The donor groups control Biden every day. The voters and citizens, not so much

jeffery p
April 3, 2022 9:25 am

They need to increase production before we do. If they can supply the oil we need, it’s likely our numbskull lefties will fight to keep our production turned off. The Middle East keeps its customers and we remain dependent.

April 3, 2022 10:48 am

Maybe the oligarchs running the US and Canada are playing the long game.
Perhaps they are figuring that since OPEC projected that more oil will be needed through 2040 and beyond, particularly in Asia, the middle east will be out of oil by then and will have the vast resources of North America at their disposal to dictate to the rest of the world.

Total crap theory but if you listened the crap coming out of the WEF, it doesn’t seem all that improbable that it could be figured into their plans.

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