Dangerous Interference - Fossil Fuel Production

The panel details and discusses the 2023 Production Gap Report produced by SEI, emphasizing its focus on the disparity between planned fossil fuel production and the levels consistent with the Paris Agreement’s temperature goals.

This video was recorded on December 4th, 2023, at COP28 in Dubai and published on December 17th, 2023.

The report delves into government plans, global reduction pathways for coal, oil, and gas, and explores equity implications for the first time. Anisha reveals that governments are projected to produce 110% more fossil fuels than needed for limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius by 2030.

Dan discusses the global challenge, emphasizing the need for countries to commit to phasing out fossil fuels. He highlights the contradiction in the United States, which, despite reducing its fossil fuel demand, continues to be a major producer and exporter. Dan introduces the Toxic Substances Control Act as a potential legal tool for addressing the fossil fuel issue, drawing parallels with its recent use to ban harmful chemicals.

Regina raises a crucial question about incentivizing countries to close the production gap, expressing concerns about the lack of external pressure. Dan responds by urging nations to commit to a phase-out of fossil fuels during the COP, emphasizing the urgent need for global action. The discussion concludes with Regina questioning the ethics of exporting fossil fuels to less-developed countries and Anisha emphasizing the viability of renewable energy solutions.

Overall, the dialogue highlights the critical issues of overproduction, inequities, and the urgent need for global cooperation to address the climate crisis.


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