UN joins World Economic Forum’s call to end use of oil, gas and coal

UN chief Antonio Guterres on Wednesday called for an end to the global use of oil, gas and coal in favor of renewable resources.

The veteran Portuguese socialist spoke ahead of the upcoming annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, which has already made its own call to reduce carbon neutrality through wider adoption of solar and wind energy sources without delay. †

To avoid catastrophic climate change, humanity must “end fossil fuel pollution and accelerate the transition to renewable energy before burning our only home,” Guterres said in his pre-recorded remarks that coincided with the release of a major UN state of climate report, AFP reports.

Renewable technologies should be treated as freely available “global public goods,” not limited by intellectual property, he added.

The UN Secretary-General also called for an end to about half a trillion dollars in fossil fuel subsidies, of which about two-thirds go to consumers and the rest directly to industry as part of the drive to reduce the change consumption habits.

“Every minute of every day, coal, oil and gas receive about $11 million in subsidies,” Guterres said.

“While people suffer from high prices at the pump, the oil and gas industry is raking in billions from a disrupted market,” he added. “This scandal must stop.”

For its part, the WEF has published a ten-point plan provided by the International Energy Agency (IEA) as a way to end oil dependency as part of its self-proclaimed Great Reset.

It covers everything from “car-free Sundays” to “avoiding air travel” in its advice, as seen below:

1. Reduce speed limits on highways by at least 10 km/h

Many countries are already applying temporary speed limits on highways, mainly to reduce congestion and/or air pollution and improve road safety.

2. Where possible, work from home for a maximum of 3 days a week

About a third of jobs in advanced economies can be done from home, opening up the opportunity to reduce oil demand while maintaining productivity.

3. Car-free Sundays in cities

During the oil crisis of 1973, car-free Sundays were introduced in countries such as Switzerland, the Netherlands and West Germany. Cities in other countries have used them more recently to promote public health.

4. Lower the prices of public transport and encourage walking and cycling

Investment in public transport and infrastructure to support walking and cycling has been boosted by sustainable economic recovery packages introduced in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

5. Alternative car access to roads in major cities

Restricting the use of roads for private cars in major cities on alternate weekdays is a measure with a long track record of successful implementation around the world.

6. Increase car sharing and adopt practices to reduce fuel consumption

Governments can provide additional incentives by designating dedicated lanes and parking spaces next to public transport interchanges and by lowering tolls for vehicles with a higher occupancy rate. Such measures are in effect in suburban areas of Madrid and Houston, among others.

7. Promote efficient driving for trucks and goods deliveries

Governments can introduce so-called eco-driving techniques as part of the education and examination process required to obtain driver’s licenses and advanced driver’s licenses, as has happened in France and other countries.

8. Use trains instead of planes whenever possible

High-speed trains can significantly replace short-haul flights on routes that provide affordable, reliable and convenient train travel.

9. Avoid Business Air Travel When There Are Alternative Options

While not all business trips by plane can be avoided, the use of virtual meetings can be an effective alternative in many cases. A reduction of about two in five flights for business purposes is achievable in the near term, based on the changes observed during the COVID pandemic.

10. Increase adoption of electric and other more efficient vehicles

By the end of 2021, 8.4 million electric cars were on the road in advanced economies, building on record sales, especially in Europe. Demand for electric cars remains strong, thanks to the sharp fall in battery costs in recent years and government support.

Many of these measures have already been implemented in the US.

As Breitbart News reported, U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg on Monday presented a plan to make billions of dollars available under his department’s new Safe Streets & Roads for All program to cities that encourage people to use their motor vehicles. dump for alternative modes of transport. Forever.

The Biden administration is sending $5 billion in federal aid to places that build bike paths and wider sidewalks, while pushing commuters to public transit and bicycles as an alternative to driving.

Buttigieg’s goal will be to provide a direct infusion of federal money to communities that promise to promote multiple users of a roadway, especially pedestrians and bicyclists.

The argument is that too many people die in car accidents for that mode of transport to be sustainable, so people need to come out of their worries and find alternatives – and reward them with taxpayers’ money.

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