Wow. I didn’t see this one coming….
Saudi Arabia is trying to enlist other oil-producing countries to support a provocative idea: if wealthy countries reduce their oil consumption to combat global warming, they should pay compensation to oil producers…
The tactic has a familial resemblance to calls for wealthy nations to compensate less industrialized nations for the economic impacts of shifting away from low cost fuels.
I doubt even the Saudis really expect direct compensation, it’s much more likely to be a negotiating maneuver.
I’ll take this one as an encouraging sign that CO2 negotiations are getting real.