Qatar calls it “unfair” for the West to tell Africa not to invest in oil and gas

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Qatari Energy Minister Saad al-Kaabi said Saturday that it was “very, very unfair” for some Western countries to tell African countries not to invest in petroleum and gas, something “needed for the world.”

“On investments, it’s very, very unfair for some in the West to tell African countries that they shouldn’t invest in oil and gas and that they should stay green or whatever you want to call it,” he said during his participation in the Global Energy Forum, organized by the Atlantic Council in Abu Dhabi.

He said that oil and crude oil “is needed in the world” and that there is still a lot of work to be done, but that “we must not forget reality.”

The Qatari was very the countries that continue to push to be recognized as “green”, since “the community that promoted greening lived in a dream that it realized it could not reach,” he said, without specifying which states they are.

He indicated that the two main sources of energy for the long term are nuclear, for those who can afford and are able to build technology, and also gas.

“I do not agree that gas is a transition fuel, but a destination fuel,” he said, although he noted that “many more investments” are needed.

Qatar, along with other Persian Gulf countries, has emerged as a source for the European Union (EU) as an alternative to Russian gas since the invasion of Ukraine last February.

He also criticized countries that are using the charcoal at “record levels” to meet gas demand.

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“We need to take very serious action against coal, which is the big emitter. So far I’ve seen a lot of attacks on oil and gas, dehumanizing oil and gas, but I don’t see the same attacks on the big emitter,” he said.

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