Antigua PM says oil companies should pay for climate damage

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Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister Gaston Browne wants oil and gas giants to pay for damage from climate change through a global carbon tax on their profits.

Speaking on behalf of the 39-nation Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) at the United Nations Climate Conference (COP27) on Tuesday, he charged “profligate producers of fossil fuels have benefited from extortionate profits at the expense of human civilization”.

“While they are profiting, the planet is burning,” he added.

Browne contended that while these companies rack up multibillion-dollar profits from using fossil fuels which is a major contributor to global warming, small island nations like his and others in the Caribbean that have contributed virtually nothing to total emissions are suffering.

He pointed out that in the first half of this year, six fossil fuel companies alone had made nearly €70 billion (US$71 billion) in profits which was “more than enough money to cover the costs of major climate damage in developing nations”.

Browne also called for an end to fossil fuel subsidies – and for the money to be redirected to fund adaptation, mitigation, and loss and damage, especially in small island developing states (SIDS) – and collective action to reduce emissions.

“Financing to address loss and damage and a recommitment to keeping 1.5 alive in the face of the current energy crisis, are the key critical success factors of COP27.

“Loss and damage should not be seen through the divisive and controversial lens, but as a form of climate justice for climate change’s hapless victims and a decarbonization accelerator,” the Antiguan leader said.

Gaston Browne also said a group of island nations had registered a commission with the UN to explore the responsibility of states for injuries arising from their climate actions and breaches in the obligations.

He said small island states would not back down.

“We will fight unrelentingly for climate justice, including in the international courts,” Browne warned.

On the same day he delivered his remarks, the hosts of the COP27 climate talks on Tuesday launched a 30-point global plan to help the world’s poorest communities withstand the impacts of global warming, including targets for sustainable farming, and mangrove restoration to reduce coastal flooding.

The plan seeks to disburse up to US$300 billion annually from private and public investors.

SOURCE: CMC

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20 COMMENTS

  1. Who will listen to you, Gaston Browne? Don’t you think they know that while you are mouthing all these things about climate change, you are busy desecrating and masticating the mangrove around Antigua and destroying the mangroves and the lagoons and frigate bird habitat in Barbuda?

    This is 2022. Those people you are performing for are laughing at you because they know you are just a fraud.

  2. I don’t agree much with our Prime Minister as many of you know, however he’s right about this matter.

    Climate Reparations from those countries that polluted the world during the industrial revolution (for over 200 or so years to make their fortunes) should now have to make good what they have devastated and destroyed. Simple really!

    • @Brixtonian – I challenge you, go without touching anything oil has touched for one week. I’ll allow you to stand on your lawn that was likely planted or maintained by a fossil fueled tractor. No food, no water, no clothes, no electricity.

      Good God.

      • Even you must recognise that the “Now Where Green” agenda being pushed by the US, World Economic Forum (WEF), UK and many of the major polluters in Europe and beyond, has always been a well planned ploy to halt the economic march of many developing countries.

        These developing countries only wanted to follow the aforementioned groups to improve their economies, but was severely discouraged by many of the climate change lobbyists, from the likes of Al Gore and his ilk; and in so doing, successfully closed the economic door to them.

        And seen as such disproportionate action!

        So, the climate reparation repayments seems a very very good tactic to use, and to also ensure that the “Now Where Green” junkies put ‘their – climate change – money where there mouth is’ after all the broken monetary pledges over the decades.

        I recently listened to the Honourable Mia Mottley, the Prime Minister of Barbados, and she said as much, and was very disappointed with the number of broken promises made by the powers that be, who continually push for climate change and the Green Agenda.

        I don’t expect you to agree with this challenging viewpoint @ Scott, but remember, there’s always two sides to every story.

        Brixtonian, always calling out the BS by the propagandist, globalist and the elites boss …

        • Furthermore, here’s a recent quote from Mia Mottley who attended the “Now Where Green” climate conference:

          ‘We were the ones whose blood, sweat and tears financed the industrial revelation …’

          WELL SAID MIA MOTTLEY!

          What an amazing Caribbean leader, when she talks people take note. I wish we had a Prime Minister like her in Antigua.

  3. A volcano spews out more carbon in one eruption than mankind can put out in a lifetime. Climate change has nothing to do with man. There are literally entire groups of scientists who agree with this that are blacklisted and had their careers ended because they are speaking this truth. CLIMATE CHANGE HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH MANKIND. PLANTS BREATHE CARBON WE ARE CARBON BASED LIFEFORMS. The mainstream belief that climate change is caused by man, is part of an agenda to depopulate the planet. Rant over.

  4. Idiot leftists like Browne slam the very substance that keeps us alive. OK Mr Browne, put up or shut up; no more fossil fueled aircraft are allowed into Antigua, no more ships OF ANY KIND allowed into Antiguan ports, now commodities will only be allowed into the country via sailing ship. No propane as it’s an oil derivative, hope you all have firewood to cook with. No plastics, no lubricating oil, you’ll have to kill whales and use whale oil to keep your wildlife killing windmills running.
    Mr. Browne, you are a hypocrite of the highest order if you don’t enact strict prohibitions on ALL PETROLEUM PRODUCTS…NOW!

  5. I got involved in this forum to get a feel for the sociopolitical climate in Antigua. I did so in anticipation of making investments towards citizenship by investment, however, as your government is hell-bent to sell it’s sovereignty to totalitarian chinese communists and now your PM wants to attack the life blood of civilization in attacking oil?
    I’m very sorry but we’re incompatible. I wish you the best of luck going forward.

    Scott

    • good riddance! we dont need imbeciles who cant understand basic science buying our passport thank you very much. of course gaston is a hypocrite, we should have been fully renewable 2 decades ago, but to say he is a leftist is laughable 🤣. embracing chinese state capitalism is not the red scare you think it is. thank you for staying well away from our beautiful island.

  6. @scott We need more people like u here in antigua, unfortunately this island is full of virtue signaling soy boys, like eli fuller. The upper class here is pretty much a cult of leftists who all know each other and act like environmentalists while exploiting the island and getting rich off their connections to each other. Its a leftist circle jerk. The real population here is awake, the locals know, and dont trust corporate media, but they are kept down by the upper class, and the politicians. I prefer to stay away from the leftist elite class here and keep to myself.

    • @someguy-thank you for your comments. My wife and I started out with nothing, we worked and did well for ourselves. At that, I had a passion for your country, for the regular people, those trying to scratch out a living…I want you all to have the same chance that we had to prosper, but seeing so much government fuckery and so many applauding the welfare mentality…sorry but I’m the outlier.
      All the best to you and yours.

      Scott

  7. …as the saying goes, it’s not always what you know, it’s who you know in the game of #politricks.
    These SIDS in the Caribbean are sitting between a rock and a hard place, as in the same things which make them are the same ones destroying them.

    Jumbee_Picknee

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