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‘Demon oil’ on the defensive over climate change

Published : Saturday, 14 September, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 64

ABU DHABI, Sept 13: At the dawn of an era scientists have dubbed the Anthropocene, driven by human impact on the planet, the energy industry's four-yearly gathering was forced onto the defensive on climate change.
With the burning of "demon" fossil fuels blamed for playing havoc in the "age of man", many agreed that after decades of energy wars, future conflicts would be driven by competition for clean water as the glaciers recede and rivers dry up.
Asked what the biggest source of world tension would be in 2040, more than half the energy professionals and officials polled at this week's World Energy Congress in Abu Dhabi nominated water scarcity.
"Ten years ago or 20 years ago oil would have been on the top of the list for sure," said Adnan Shihab-Eldin of Kuwait, the former acting secretary general of OPEC.
"Now it's not because of two factors: we have more resources throughout the world especially through technology and the resources are more evenly distributed," he told the World Energy Congress.
But like many other leaders and executives at the conference he insisted that given predicted global demand over coming decades, that could be reversed by an excessively rapid and unplanned switch to renewable sources of power.    -AFP

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