COP28 Dystopia: The Effort to Phase-Out Fossil Fuel Production


Contributed by Robert Lyman © 2023. Robert Lyman’s bio can be read here.

COP28, the 28th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC), will be held from November 30 to December 12, 2023 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The European Union is leading efforts to have the conference agree to “phase out” the unabated production of fossil fuels. A group of organizations led by the United Nations Environmental Programme and the Canada-based International Institute for Sustainable Development recently published a report in which they examined the “production gap”, which they defined as the difference between “governments’ plans and projections” for production of coal, oil and natural gas and the levels of production that would be consistent with limiting global warming to 1.5 degree C. and 2 Degrees C.

The report found that the “planned or projected” fossil fuel production will be more than double the amount in 2030 that would be consistent with limiting warming to 1.5 degrees C.

It concluded that countries should aim for a near total phase-out of coal production and use by 2040 and a combined reduction in oil and gas use by three-quarters by 2050 from 2020 levels.

The report finds, further, that current efforts are “deeply insufficient” and that continued production and use of coal, oil and natural gas are not compatible with “a safe and livable future”.

The major country producers of coal, oil and natural gas have all strongly resisted any commitments to reduce production. Countries like China, India, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Iraq all see fossil fuel production as central to their economic development and energy security. They are extremely unlikely to commit to production declines.  The developing countries that are not major fossil fuel producers will also see efforts to reduce fossil fuel supply for what they are – an indirect way to increase the price of coal, oil and natural gas, and thereby to leave them and their economic development prospects hostage to an international coalition of globalists, rent seekers and radical environmentalists. They too will not support measures that harm their interests.

Even when COP28 fails, as all its predecessors have, its potential for influencing domestic Canadian climate policies should not be under-estimated.


  1. Andrew Roman

    As the net zero targets keep moving forward while the emissions keep increasing the gap between targets and achievements grows. To project this forward another 5-10 years and the target will have to be accelerated to such a ridiculous degree that we will have to achieve net zero in the next week. Will these futile gabfests called COP ever end?

  2. Peter Noakes

    It is beyond profanity.
    If it were necessary, then we are in abject failure. But it is entirely unnecessary.
    Those people who advise government on net-zero, what kind of poor quality education do they possess?

  3. Peter McNeall
    why not listen to real scientists instead of left wing political hacks

  4. Jeanette E Dorosh

    The sun controls the climate on earth; fossil fuels are the least of the so called issues; Carbon=Green
    Earth at this point is short of Carbon.
    The danger is Methane gas; geoengineering operations that has been used for decades manipulating weather patterns in the name of climate change and weaponization; our forests are dying from the particulates sprayed in our atmosphere, killing the plant biome. Haarp has intensified operations in the last 10 years, however has been active for the last 75 years.

  5. Geoff Lyons

    Is it really true that these people have no grasp on reality? They continue to promote alternatives such as wind and solar, which presently can only function with fossil fuel back-up. Do they honestly believe that the world will suffer black-outs and loss of heat or cooling to save the planet from a delusional concept of global warming to the degree that keeps being proven wrong in every instance. If all the money wasted on wind & solar had been spent on Nuclear Fusion, we would be bathing in safe nuclear green energy! God help us.

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