As the world grapples with the worst energy crisis in generations, the United Nations is warning that a return to fossil fuels must not be considered under any circumstances.
Despite soaring prices and looming winter shortages across Europe, the U.N. is demanding that European nations continue down the path of dependence on unreliable forms of ‘green energy’ because of the “ongoing climate crisis.”
In response to sanctions placed on it after the invasion of Ukraine, Russia has begun to cut off supplies of gas to Europe — sending fuel prices soaring. This, coupled with the consequences of the supply chain crisis caused by the authoritarian reaction to the COVID pandemic, has led to an energy crisis across Europe.
Despite those issues, the U.N. is standing firm in its demands.
“There is no room for backtracking in the face of the ongoing climate crisis,” deputy U.N. rights chief Nada Al Nashif told the United Nations Human Rights Council.
She went on to claim that the devastating floods affecting over 33 million people in Pakistan are an example of what will happen to the rest of the world if there is a massive return to the use of fossil fuels rather than alternative forms of energy.
“How many more tragedies of this sort do we need before the urgency of the moment jolts us into action?” Al Nashif pleaded.
While speaking during the opening of the U.N. Human Rights Council’s 51st session in Geneva, Al Nashif acknowledged that skyrocketing energy prices across Europe “threaten to impact the most vulnerable as winter approaches,” but still called on nations not to look to fossil fuels to help mitigate the problem.
She noted that “some E.U. member states are turning to investments in fossil fuels infrastructure and supplies” and declared that they must stop.
“While that impulse is understandable, I urge the E.U. and its member states to consider the long-term consequences of locking in more fossil fuel infrastructure,” Al Nashif said.
“It is essential to accelerate the development of energy efficiency projects and renewables,” she added.
Al Nashif went on to urge all countries “to seek an ambitious outcome” at the next U.N. climate conference — COP27, which is planned for Egypt in November — and said they should seek to “address loss and damage and meet and increase climate finance commitments.”
While the U.N. continues to scold Europe and demand dependence on unreliable green energy, and the Biden administration attempts to do the same within the United States, nothing has changed in China.
A joint paper released in January 2021 by the U.S.-based Global Energy Monitor (GEM) and Helsinki-based Center for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA) revealed that “China built over three times as much coal-fired electrical power capacity in 2020 as the rest of the world combined,” according to Breitbart News.
China’s runaway expansion of coal-fired power is not expected to end anytime soon – U.N. demands or not.