UN Chief: Public Must Endure High Gas Prices for the Good of the Planet
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres sends warning to families
The head of the United Nations has warned concerned families that the public must endure high gas prices for the good of the planet.
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres issued a warning on Monday that the "madness" of embracing fossil fuels is threatening global climate targets.
Guterres blasted countries that have “become so consumed by the immediate fossil fuel supply gap that they neglect or knee-cap policies to cut fossil fuel use.”
He warned that the public has a responsibility to abandon fossil fuel reliance and switch to greener energy use, such as electric vehicles over gas-powered cars, otherwise a climate disaster is the guaranteed outcome.
Guterres issued the caution in a pre-recorded address to the Economist Sustainability Summit.
Inflation in Joe Biden's America has seen gas prices rise to record highs in the past year.
The invasion of Ukraine has added to the pressures, with rapid rises in the prices of coal, oil, and gas as countries scramble to replace Russian sources.
However, Guterres fears these short-term measures might “close the window” on the Paris climate goals.
The BBC reports the veteran Portuguese Socialist also called on countries to fully phase out “stupid” coal by 2040 and endure the financial costs without complaint.
In his first major speech on climate and energy since COP26, Guterres lamented the limited progress achieved in Glasgow is insufficient to ward off “dangerous climate change.”
Guterres said carbon output needs to be cut in half by the end of this decade even as evidence shows emissions are set to rise by 14 percent.
“The problem was not solved in Glasgow,” Guterres pleaded in the speech.
“In fact, the problem is getting worse.”
The war in Ukraine threatens to make that situation even more problematic, he said, with global energy shortages being turned around by countries that embrace coal or imports of liquefied natural gas as alternative sources.
Some globalist agencies have already said walking rather than driving must be considered an alternative in times of fuel shortages.
Guterres said long-term planning is essential to ensure the planet can be saved.
“Countries could become so consumed by the immediate fossil fuel supply gap that they neglect or knee-cap policies to cut fossil fuel use,” he said.
Countries must “accelerate the phase-out of coal and all fossil fuels,” and implement a rapid and sustainable energy transition without delay.
It is “the only true pathway to energy security,” Guterres concluded.