Dining with Deceit: The Banquet of Big Oil at COP28

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Berna A.
ILLUMINATION

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Photo by Erik Mclean on Unsplash

From the numerous gems tossed at us during COP28 it’s difficult to select just one to write about. Each one of the denialist’s statements sounded familiar. However, one CEO had the audacity to engage in denialism via what could only be characterized as poor reflection.

“Blaming oil and gas for climate change is like blaming the food industry for obesity. Social consumption is the problem.”

It’s almost impossible to know where to start picking apart this ridiculous statement. We can attempt to go the logical route and point out the inconsistency between “oil & gas” — a lobbying polluting industry and a group of local “farmers,” or climate change — a full-on planetary disease and obesity — only a symptom of the deteriorating human condition.

But why go through the trouble of convincing insane people only to end up with another boring article pointing out the same things over and over?

Since he brought up food at the luxurious COP28 in Dubai, let’s set up a banquet and devour it, shall we?

Setting up the mood: Champagne flutes clink in the air, the aroma of caviar mingling with the musk of power. Behind the gilded facade…

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Berna A.
ILLUMINATION

Ocean Actionist. Circular Economy Consultant. Sustainability, Business, and Nature Speaker. Nature Photographer.