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In plea for clean energy, U.N. chief says Big Oil + fossil fuels = extinction

"Let's face facts. The problem is not simply fossil fuel emissions. It's fossil fuels – period," he said.

The U.N. chief says Big Oil's profiteerin is killing the planet.
The U.N. chief says Big Oil's profiteering is killing the planet. (AN/Chris LeBoutillier/Unsplash)

As another round of frustrating climate talks ended, U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres said oil and gas companies are on track to be "planet wreckers."

That's because the fossil fuel industry had a record US$4 trillion windfall in net income last year, he said, yet its spending for clean energy and carbon capture technologies was just 4% of what it spent on fossil fuel drilling and exploration.

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