COP27: “Dash for gas is a dash down a bridge to nowhere” – Al Gore

The former US vice president, Al Gore, speaking on the opening day of the COP27 climate talks, criticised the world’s addiction to fossil fuels.

Al Gore speaking at COP27, 7 November 2022.
Photo: COP27

He told world leaders meeting at Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt:

“We must see the so-called ‘dash for gas’ for what it really is: a dash down a bridge to nowhere, leaving the countries of the world facing climate chaos and billions in stranded assets, especially here in Africa.

He said the “dash for gas in Africa is a dash for gas to be sent to wealthy countries”.

“We have to move beyond fossil fuel colonialism”, he said.

Mr Gore also said world leaders had a “credibility problem”.

“We’re talking and we’re starting to act, but we’re not doing enough.”

He said:

“We continue to use the thin blue atmosphere as an open sewer”.

He described COP27 as a “moment for global epiphany”, a “time for moral clarity” not “reckless indifference”.

DrillOrDrop is an accredited journalist at COP27 reporting remotely on the climate talks

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