“The Greatest Threat..” OPEC Feeling Global Warming Heat

July 4, 2019

Agence France-Presse:

OPEC’s secretary-general has complained of what he called “unscientific” attacks on the oil industry by climate change campaigners, calling them “perhaps the greatest threat to our industry going forward”.

Speaking in Vienna after a meeting of the oil producers’ club and its partners, Mohammed Barkindo said that as extreme weather events linked to the climate crisis became more common, “there is a growing mass mobilisation of world opinion… against oil”. 

“Civil society is being misled to believe oil is the cause of climate change,” he said.

Appearing to refer to the recent wave of school strikes inspired by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg’s “Fridays for Future” movement, he said children of some colleagues at OPEC’s headquarters “are asking us about their future because.. they see their peers on the streets campaigning against this industry”. 

Barkindo added that the “mobilisation” against oil was “beginning to… dictate policies and corporate decisions, including investment in the industry”.

“We believe this industry is part of the solution to the scourge of climate change,” Barkindo said, but did not elaborate on what this would entail.

The 2015 international Paris accord saw nations commit to limiting global temperature rises to “well below” two degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) and to a safer cap of 1.5C if possible. 

To do so, scientists say the world must drastically slash its greenhouse gas emissions, a large proportion of which comes from burning fossil fuels for energy — including oil.

8 Responses to ““The Greatest Threat..” OPEC Feeling Global Warming Heat”

  1. dumboldguy Says:

    “Unscientific attacks” on the oil industry and “the oil industry is PART of the solution”?

    Barkindo is just another mindless whore for fossil fuels. If there is a hell, he and his kind will inhabit its darkest reaches.

    • Abel Adamski Says:

      “If there is a hell, he and his kind will inhabit its darkest reaches.”
      Maybe warmest regions, where the flames are hottest

    • flawedman Says:

      They are defending something we all enjoy life style . Modern civilisation requires an enormous variation of activities which we in the western democracies enjoy a s seek to constantly improve.
      When I buy a new shirt or a pair of shoes I help the wheels of industry turn. If I turn on the shower the generators spin and as I walk around the shops the goods are there for me to select .

  2. Jeffery Green Says:

    Poor bastards.

    • grindupbaker Says:

      Well it does say children of some colleagues at OPEC’s headquarters are asking us about their future. I always tear up when it’s children or baby effelumps.

  3. redskylite Says:

    To the secretary general of the organization that wants to blindly continue milking the greatest “cash cow” of them all, at the expense of our future generations well being.

    “The 16-year-old founder of the “School Strike 4 Climate’ movement described the comments made by the leader the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) as their “biggest compliment yet”.”


  4. redskylite Says:

    Sadly one of the smallest members of the intergovernmental organization of 14 nations, does not feel threatened by the climate crisis at all and is drilling on, even at the expense of undisturbed tribes of humans (yes they still exist).

    “The area was once pristine rainforest but was opened up to extraction activities in the 1960s, and today is almost completely surrounded by oil palm plantations.

    If this were to happen near Yasuni, it would be a disaster not just for the region but for the climate. New science is increasingly pointing to the need to save tropical forests as an essential way to address climate change. Destruction of tropical forests accounts for some 8 percent of the world’s annual carbon dioxide emissions, ranking just below the United States, and significantly more than the EU, according to a report by Global Forest Watch.”


  5. flawedman Says:

    What we are up against is not oil , the internal combustion engine , central heating , electricity use , meat eating and all the single items constantly thrown at us but what they add up to lifestyle. We in the rich western democracies are the biggest carbon footprint culprits our lifestyles are really outrageous but we are at the coal face of scientific research which is totally out of control.
    We gaze into the depths of space at enormous expense , build huge particle colliders rant about going to Mars.
    We perform complex heart transplants while others have no toilets.

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