The only aim of Norvergence behind this blog post is to educate the middle east and other regions audience about how the attack on Saudi Arabia oil facilities (Saudi Aramco) could cause civil unrest in the region and damages that Saudi already did and doing to the environment.
With an estimation of 267 barrels and 2.5 Giga billion barrels (that are present in the Saudi-Kuwaiti neutral zone), Saudi Arabia contains the second-largest oil reserves in the world. On Sept 14, a major oil processing plant in Saudi has been attacked with a drone that led to a series of explosions. And once again, a famous fictional story starts trending, “As Saudi is the US ally in the Middle East, Iran is responsible for the attack”.
On the other hand, the responsibility for the attack was claimed by the Yemeni Houthi movement (the group has already in war with Saudi Arabia for the last 4 years).
While doing its research, Norvergence has found that a Qatar-linked website, “Middle East Eye” claimed that the attack was carried out by Iraqi Hashd al-Shaabi, which is supported by Iran.
Climate Change in Saudi Arabia- Norvergence Throws some Light on the Other Side of the Story
While everyone is weeping over the amount of the oil Saudi or the world lost, no one bats an eye on the environmental damage caused by Saudi Arabia because of its oil refineries.
Saudi Aramco which was attacked is the world’s largest corporate emitter of greenhouse gases. It released more than 40 billion metric tons of greenhouse gases between the periods of 1992- 2017.
The company is trying to rebrand itself as an environment-friendly corporate house by doing promotions on social media handles.
In August, Saudi Aramco releases a video that explains the company is working hard to reduce Carbon Dioxide levels and they are committed to take urgent action on climate change.
On the other hand, Aramco Bond Filing revealed, “Climate change concerns and impacts could reduce global demand for hydrocarbons. It will reduce the demand for oil and, “carbon emission cap and trade regimes, carbon taxes, increased energy efficiency standards and incentives and mandates for renewable energy.”
Norvergence: Saudi Arabia’s History of Obstruction
While going through the research carried out by The Intercept, the environmentalists at Norvergence got stunned when they get to know that from the last 30 years Saudi Arabia is trying to obstruct international efforts to reduce carbon emissions.
Joanna Depledge, editor of the journal Climate Policy, “The Saudis have been very good in making sure only weak measures have been adopted.”
Al-Sabban, who was an official from Saudi Petroleum and was present in the “Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change meeting in Madrid” held in 1995 have claimed that the science on climate change is still unsettled.
During the 2009 negotiations, Sabban said on a television channel that, “whatever the international community does to reduce greenhouse gas emissions will have no effect on the climate’s natural variability. There is no relationship whatsoever between human activities and climate change.”
With this blog post, Norvergence just tried to showcase the other side of the oil business in Saudi Arabia. The organization is not supporting the attack on the oil field.