"Big Divisions Loom Over Fossil Fuels As COP28 Talks Head Into Final Phase"

"DUBAI - The president of the COP28 climate summit on Sunday urged negotiators to work harder to find consensus on a proposed first-of-its-kind deal to phase out the world's use of fossil fuels, as the two-week conference entered its final stage.

The talks in Dubai have highlighted deep international divisions over the future role of oil, gas and coal that are complicating efforts by nearly 200 countries to hash out an agreement before the summit's scheduled end on Dec. 12.

A coalition of more than 80 countries including the United States, the European Union and small island nations are pushing for an agreement at COP28 that includes language to “phase out” fossil fuels, the main source of greenhouse gas emissions that scientists blame for global warming.

They are coming up against tough opposition led by the oil producer group OPEC and its allies."

David Stanway, Gloria Dickie and Kate Abnett report for Reuters December 10, 2023.


"COP28 Pledges So Far Not Enough To Limit Warming To 1.5C -IEA" (Reuters)

"Banning Fossil Fuels Is Now A Make-Or-Break Issue At Climate Talks" (Washington Post)

"Draft Climate Summit Document Floats Fossil Fuel Phaseout But Light On Timeline Details" (The Hill)

"At COP28, Sticking Points Remain On Fossil Fuels And Adapting To Climate As Talks Near Crunch Time" (AP)

"COP28: OPEC Opposition To Fossil Fuel Deal Met With Outrage" (DW)

Source: Reuters, 12/11/2023