Environment & Energy Report

Saudi Commits to Climate Rules, Just Don’t Ban Its Fossil Fuels

Dec. 13, 2018, 3:35 PM

Saudi Arabia voiced its support for the Paris climate agreement to cut carbon emissions, but warned against a blanket ban on the fossil fuels that have built its economy.

“The basis of the agreement was an intent to strengthen global action on climate change without sacrificing sustainable development and poverty eradication,” energy minister Khalid Al-Falih said in a statement on the Kingdom’s climate website. “That was to be achieved through a focus on reducing emissions rather than banning or restricting energy sources, such as fossil fuels.”

Al-Falih spoke out near the end of two weeks of fraught negotiations at the...

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