PM Browne tells COP 27 that Big Oil should pay for mounting damage from ocean storms and sea-level rise


Small island nations suffering the brunt of climate change want Big Oil to pay for mounting damage from ocean storms and sea-level rise, Antigua’s prime minister told delegates at the COP27 climate summit in Egypt on Tuesday.

The comments by Gaston Browne kicked off the second day of speeches from heads of state and government at the two-week conference in the seaside resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh. “The oil and gas industry continues to earn almost 3 billion United States dollars daily in profits,” Browne said, speaking on behalf of the Alliance of Small Island States.

“It is about time that these companies are made to pay a global carbon tax on their profits as a source of funding for loss and damage.

Profligate producers of fossil fuels have benefited from extortionate profits at the expense of human civilization. While they are profiting, the planet is burning.” Senegal’s President Macky Sall told the conference poor developing nations in Africa were also insisting on increased funding for adaptation to worsening climate change, and would resist calls for an immediate shift away from fossil fuels that could drive economic growth.

“Let’s be clear, we are in favor of reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. But we Africans cannot accept that our vital interests be ignored,” he said.

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  1. Has our Prime Minister gone away again?

    How many peripatetics is that now? And why can’t he send somebody else, so that he can deal with the travails in Antigua?

    He better get use to staying away from his fellow countrymen and women, because after the next General Election … GASSY GONE!!!

    Doesn’t he like Antiguans?

  2. This is BS, Gaston looking free cash as usual. Antigua has not been radically affected by any climate change. In 1995 we had 3 hurricanes in 17 days, nobody cried climate change then. By the way we haven’t had a hurricane in ANU since 2019.

  3. Climate change is another scam that the elites are pulling on the plebs. Pay attention to where they are buying property — Waterfronts, why would they do that if sea level rise and more destructive storms are coming? Its just another scheme to take more control and money away from the poor. Stopping you from owning and driving your own vehicle, prevent you from eating real meat, all while they defy their own rules flying all over the place in private jets while have top of the line steaks etc. They will own everything and you will eat bugs — that is their plan. Don’t let them fool yuh.

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