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After 27 years of UN climate talks, Big Oil finally succeeded in completing its hijacking of the annual meeting of 198 countries to act on climate

@UNFCCC should be going nuts about it and acting (fat chance, probably)

Top 10 reasons why the hijacking is complete:

🧵 #COP28
1 For the first time ever, an oil chief - and in this case no less than the CEO of a major oil company - is appointed president of the COP28 climate summit…
2 The COP28 team is marshalling a new alliance of the oil and gas sector which of course is "forgetting" to include in its pretend-decarbonizing goals the bulk of emissions from fossil fuels… #greenwashing
3 To hammer home the point that Big Oil is in charge, the UAE is planning a huge oil and gas expansion as it hosts the UN climate summit: 7.5bn barrels of oil – the 5th largest increase in the world. Oil which we don't need and can't afford to have.…
4 The #COP28 President now wants to end "fossil fuel emissions" -not fossil fuels, which was the whole point of COPs. Focusing on emissions allows Big Oil to keep the carbon capture con going, and therefore change exactly nothing at all…
5 Just in case it wasn't clear that climate summits are now effectively closed oil summits, the UAE climate event organizers warned speakers not to ‘criticize corporations’, or to protest…
6 COP28 climate summit is offering multi-million pound sponsorship packages for exclusive access - tripling prices since the last COP (presumably to make sure only fossil fuel interests can afford them)…
7 Abu Dhabi's oil company is flooding Asia with fossil gas, as the UAE spends billions to triple its LNG production capacity - all while calling for a tripling of global renewables at the same time. Deeds versus words…
8. Syria's Bashar al Assad was invited by the UAE to the COP28 climate summit. This must be about Syria accelerating its efforts to tackle the climate crisis, not!

Impact: confuse agendas, while turning COP28 attendance radioactive to many countries…
9. Lobbyists galore: Number of fossil fuel lobbyists at COP28 set to exceed all records, both at the venue and in the COP28 organizing team. Here's a sample:…
10. Partisanship: "“When you are the president of the Cop, you cannot put forward the position of the country that you’re coming from. You have to be able to be neutral”…
I could be wrong: there is always hope, after all.

"Hope is a risk that must be run"

- Georges Bernanos

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Its scope 3 emissions, however, are 1,600m tons of CO2. Its charge for this environmental destruction should have been, at $100/ton, $160b, wiping out its profits

That's before ANY charge for environmental destruction other than emissions, of which they have an enormous amount

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And it gets worse

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Here's Bangladesh suppressing environmental dissent

"We demanded an environmentally friendly plant that will benefit the community and not hurt the environment, and I was arrested under Digital Security Act and had to go to jail for 80 days”… #climate
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