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Oil mogul to lead UN climate summit

The globalist agenda

Published 1 December 2023
- By Editorial Staff

A chairman described as a corrupt oil mogul, BlackRock and Rothschild executives serving as advisors, alarms over lobbyists and the fossil industry trying to influence decision-making and climate policy, along with demands for the populations of the Western world to reduce meat consumption. The UN climate summit, COP28, is marked by oddities and controversies.

The UN climate summit COP28 kicked off yesterday in the oil-rich United Arab Emirates. The conference’s official focus is primarily on “the global review of global climate work” and “the phasing out of fossil fuels”, with representatives from the Swedish government in attendance.

“The EU speaks with one voice in the climate negotiations. Sweden is part of the EU’s delegation and has negotiated a common line together with other member countries. This gives a clear mandate to push for an ambitious outcome from COP28 that covers the breadth of global climate work – emission reductions, adaptation, and financing”, the Swedish government states.

“On the agenda for the climate meeting is also climate financing, for example through aid funds, which is a central element in the implementation of the Paris Agreement. It should contribute to emission reductions and climate adaptation in developing countries, especially in vulnerable countries like the least developed countries and small island states. The donor countries recently confirmed that the goal of 100 billion USD per year in climate financing will be reached in 2023”, the government further announces.

Oil mogul as climate chairman

That the UN climate meeting is held in the United Arab Emirates, a significant oil producer, has sparked a lot of criticism among climate activists and organizations. Many worry that ‘fossil interests’ will play an even larger role this year than during COP27 in Egypt, where the fossil industry had over 600 representatives present.

Furthermore, the chairman of the summit is Sultan Al Jaber – who is simultaneously the industry minister and the head of the country’s state-owned oil company.

Al Jaber, who also has ties to the infamous globalist network World Economic Forum, has been accused on several occasions of attempting to ‘greenwash’ the United Arab Emirates and its oil industry and trying to present himself as an advocate of “climate-friendly” alternatives and “green energy” – while he is actually one of the fossil industry’s most powerful players.

Members of his staff have also been tasked with censoring and removing negative information about Al Jaber on the encyclopedia Wikipedia, and instead editing the articles and using biased sources, to make the oil mogul appear as something of a climate hero.

Reduced meat consumption on the agenda

A major focus of the conference is expected to be on discussing how to persuade political leaders to encourage and influence citizens to consume less meat.

“The global food systems’ road map to 1.5C is expected to be published by the United Nations’ Food & Agriculture Organization during the COP28 summit next month. Nations that over-consume meat will be advised to limit their intake, while developing countries – where under-consumption of meat adds to a prevalent nutrition challenge – will need to improve their livestock farming, according to the FAO”, Bloomberg reports.

It is particularly Europe and the USA that are urged to “dramatically reduce their meat consumption”, American media report.

– The failure of leading meat and dairy companies to reduce emissions underlines the urgent need for more policy focus on the food and agriculture sector,” Jeremy Coller, the chair and founder of the FAIRR Initiative, an investor network that works with financial institutions to promote climate-friendly agriculture worldwide, in a recent statement.

– Food system emissions deserve a place at the top of the table, alongside energy and transport, as they represent an estimated third of greenhouse gas emissions and 40% of methane, he continued.

Lab-grown meat will also be discussed in panel talks and seems to be promoted as something unequivocally positive.

“In this mini-panel discussion, we cut deep into cultured meats. Join industry leaders in the space as we discuss scalability, nutrition, affordability, environmental footprint and a host of other issues”, it is written among other things.

Lobbyist influence

Another concern is how companies, think tanks, lobbyists, and industry organizations might use the climate meeting to influence decision-makers and the issues to be addressed. Adrienne Sörbom, a professor at SCORE (Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research), is on site to study just this.

– My interest is to understand how organizations such as think tanks, companies, private research institutes, and others try to influence negotiations at a COP event.

Together with colleagues, she wants to “illuminate the role” these actors play in shaping global climate policy.

‘We know from previous research that these types of organizations that want to influence politics in the background are active in global political decision-making

– We believe that the same type of activities is also ongoing in terms of climate. We can see from previous participant lists that these organizations are there.

– We believe, based on previous research, that they will try to be what we call ‘private diplomats’… This means that they will try to act as ambassadors for certain problems and solutions. They will also be there as private organizers of discreet meetings in the background, she continues.

Opportunity to sell oil

Furthermore, it is reported that the host country – the United Arab Emirates, has planned to use gatherings and meetings just before the official COP28 event to conduct gas and oil deals with representatives of foreign governments.

”More than 150 pages of prepared briefings for meetings held by Sultan Ahmed al Jaber, COP28 president, earlier this year, reportedly show conversations about opportunities to increase exports”, writes Sky News, referring to the Centre for Climate Reporting.

The chairman Ahmed al Jaber, who is also the CEO of Abu Dhabi’s national oil company Adnoc, is said to have planned to “discuss commercial interests with almost 30 countries ahead of the summit”.

– The UN Climate Summit is supposed to be a space where the world holds polluters to account, but increasingly it’s being hijacked by those with opposing interests, argues Teresa Anderson from the charity organization ActionAid.

BlackRock and Rothschild

Looking at COP28’s advisory committee, some familiar names appear – including Larry Fink, CEO of perhaps the world’s most powerful and infamous investment company, BlackRock, and Sir John Rose, vice chairman of the Rothschild Group.

BlackRock CEO Larry Fink. Photo: World Economic Forum/Jolanda Flubacher

The Rockefeller Foundation, ahead of the summit, has announced its aim to become “emission-neutral” and that it has invested about 6 billion dollars in initiatives for reduced emissions.

“The Rockefeller Foundation aims to contribute to the global decarbonization effort, accelerating the work needed to meet the goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement. Along with regular reporting of progress, The Rockefeller Foundation will also convene investors, peers, and experts to advance broader collaboration towards net zero, with the first event to take place in early 2024”, the foundation writes.

Among the event’s sponsors are also, among others, Bank of America and Dubai Islamic Bank. COP28 is scheduled between November 30 and December 12.

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Ukraine in focus when Biden meets G7 leaders

The globalist agenda

Published 14 June 2024
- By Editorial Staff
G7 leaders during a meeting last year.

As Joe Biden travels to Italy to meet with other G7 leaders, continued support for Ukraine is in the spotlight.The summit will also discuss issues related to the spread of artificial intelligence, migration, the Russian military and China’s economic influence.

US President Joe Biden traveled to Italy on Wednesday ahead of the G7 summit, which began yesterday and is expected to focus on the possibility of converting seized Russian assets into billions of dollars to be given to Ukraine.

Biden and his counterparts from Canada, UK, France, Germany, Italy and Japan will be joined at the summit in southern Italy by Pope Francis, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Another issue to be highlighted is the success of the nationalist and anti-immigration right in the recent European elections, which, according to the broadcaster ABC News: “shook the global political establishment”.

– You hear this a lot when you talk to US and European officials: If we can’t get this done now, whether it’s on China, whether it’s on the assets, we may not have another chance, says Josh Lipsky, director of the GeoEconomics Center at the Atlantic Council, a globalist think tank.

– We don’t know what the world will look like three months, six months, nine months from now.

Continued support for Ukraine – regardless of who is in power

The Biden Administration believes it is of the utmost importance that military and economic support to Ukraine continue regardless of which parties govern the EU.

– We have every confidence that regardless of who fills the seats in the European Parliament, we’re going to continue to work closely with our EU partners on all the issues relative to our shared interests across the European continent. That includes supporting Ukraine, said White House national security spokesman John Kirby.

Biden and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy met just last week in Paris, but will meet again during today’s summit to discuss continued and increased support for Kiev. He will also meet privately with Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, the pope and other world leaders.

$260 billion

The US president, like many European leaders, has said that aid to Ukraine has no limits, and his administration decided this week to send additional missile systems to the country.

It is also worth noting that Zelensky and some of his allies have called for the equivalent of $260 billion in seized Russian assets to be confiscated and given to Ukraine instead – something European officials have opposed, citing legal and financial stability issues.

Another option is to use only the interest from the Russian money to finance Ukraine – that would mean about $3 billion a year. The G7 countries have also discussed the possibility of giving Ukraine a larger loan and using the profits from the Russian assets to pay it off.

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Jacob Wallenberg calls for increased Swedish EU involvement

The globalist agenda

Published 29 May 2024
- By Editorial Staff
Jacob Wallenberg calls for "new free trade agreements" and for Sweden to consider adopting the euro.

The Chairman of Investors and the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise, Jacob Wallenberg, is now calling on Sweden to deepen its commitment to EU cooperation to strengthen the single market and promote free trade.The Swedish oligarch also stresses “the need for a new discussion on the euro” and opposes increased demands for shorter working hours for Swedish workers.

Speaking at the annual general meeting of the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise last week, Jacob Wallenberg stressed the importance of Sweden’s role in the EU and the “challenges” facing businesses in an “increasingly uncertain world”. He pointed out that more than 60% of Sweden’s exports go to the EU single market, creating nearly 850,000 Swedish jobs.

– I believe that Sweden needs to engage even more with the EU, that Swedish companies need to make their voice heard both at home and in Brussels – a voice for free trade, for strengthening the single market.

He also suggested that Sweden should consider adopting the euro in order to fully participate in EU cooperation.

– We need to take up the discussion on whether Sweden should participate fully in the euro and thus in EU cooperation. This is not least about being involved in the decision-making process and not sitting outside in the waiting room.

Concerns about EU competitiveness

Wallenberg welcomes the fact that former Italian prime ministers Enrico Letta and Mario Draghi have been asked by the European Commission to make proposals on how to develop the single market and strengthen the EU’s competitiveness.

– I think it is extremely important that this work is done, but it is also urgent that we listen and take on board what they say and that the EU has the capacity to take it forward.

He expressed concern that the EU is losing competitiveness to both China and the US.

– If we compare the US with the EU, 15 years ago the US and the EU had the same GDP. Today the US is 25% bigger. Obviously we have big challenges, he argued.

Wallenberg also pointed out that Sweden is at the bottom of the EU league when it comes to growth and that this is not sustainable.

– We need to start talking more about growth and how we create strong companies, he said, stressing that faster growth “would put Sweden in a better position to manage the climate transition and strengthen prosperity”.

Advice on shorter working hours

A hot potato for some parties and for a couple of decades, which has been brought back to life in the run-up to the upcoming European Parliament elections on June 9, is the issue of reduced working hours.

The Left Party recently put the issue back on the agenda in connection with the launch of the party’s election campaign.

In an interview with the tax-funded Swedish Radio Ekot last week, Jacob Wallenberg, not surprisingly, emphasized the employers’ organization’s line that the controversial issue of reduced working hours would be expensive for Sweden to implement.

– If we reduce working hours, it will be at the expense of our competitiveness and the country’s economic development, said Jacob Wallenberg in what can partly be seen as a response to the Left Party’s new demands.

New free trade agreements

Wallenberg is also concerned about the slow rollout of 5G in Sweden and calls for increased investment in research and development, a better functioning capital market and a reduced regulatory burden for companies.

– We also need new free trade agreements that give Swedish and European companies access to larger markets around the world as a counterweight to a world with protectionist tendencies, he says.

Jan-Olof Jacke, CEO of the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise, agrees with Wallenberg and stresses the need for a growth agenda for Sweden and Europe.

He points out that one of the reasons why the EU has lost ground in terms of GDP compared to the US is the number of hours worked.

– Fifty years ago we had the same annual working hours in Europe as in the US. Today, working hours in the US are about 15% higher than in Europe, which is an important factor in why GDP growth has been much stronger in the US, says Jacke.

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