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Protests at COP28 demand an end to LNG support

Climate activists at COP28 are calling for a phasing out of fossil fuels such as LNG and for them to be replaced them with renewable sources such as wind and solar energy.

Delegates walk through Expo 2020 Dubai, where the COP28 climate summit is being held (Photo credit: Sophie Davies/Gas Outlook)

(Dubai, United Arab Emirates) More than 250 environmental and community groups at COP28 called on U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration to halt its support for liquefied natural gas (LNG) due to the super-cooled fuel’s contribution to climate change.

The groups, led by Friends of the Earth on Friday, issued a letter to Biden at the U.N. COP28 climate summit in Dubai, where dozens of countries are pushing for a global agreement to phase out the use of carbon dioxide-emitting fossil fuels such as LNG.

The participants in the protest stated that LNG causes a deterioration in the health status of residents near gas extraction stations, and that there is no real climate change without stopping the extraction and use of gas.

“There’s no climate change without stopping natural gas extraction”, the protest leader said.

The demonstrators also said “there is no climate without human rights” protection. In addition to stating the catastrophic impact of methane gas on the climate, they said its impact is far worse than carbon gas.

The demonstrators also criticized First World countries that support and finance the multi-billion dollar industries in the LNG industry, but do not provide compensation or precautionary measures to residents in the areas surrounding the extraction plants.

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