He said: “We seem trapped in a world where fossil fuel producers and financiers have humanity by the throat.
For decades, the fossil fuel industry has invested heavily in pseudoscience and public relations – with a false narrative to minimise their responsibility for climate change and undermine ambitious climate policies.
Like tobacco interests, fossil fuel interests and their financial accomplices must not escape responsibility.”.
He said: “Nothing could be more clear or present than the danger of fossil fuel expansion.
Much of these bumper profits are likely to be invested in fresh exploration and expansion of fossil fuel resources.
The fossil fuel industry is taking a page out of big tobacco’s playbook, and that is utterly unacceptable to the secretary general.
He’s determined to call out the fossil fuel industry and its financiers, and he won’t be constrained by any diplomatic niceties.”. »