“Saudi Arabia`s NDC (Paris Agreement Targets) is an embarrassment,” Depledge said. “It`s shocking for such a high issuer and such a prosperous country. So far, the Trump regime`s aversion to strong measures against climate change has covered them up. Saudi Arabia`s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) plans tabled at the United Nations earlier this month indicate that if the consequences of the Paris Agreement created an “abnormal burden” on its economy, the world`s largest oil exporter would weaken its climate commitment between 2016 and 2020. According to the listing, technological advancements such as electric vehicles could also reduce demand for refined petroleum products. Many governments around the world are introducing carbon emission reductions in line with the Paris Agreement, warns the Aramco filing, a dynamic that could accelerate the reduction of fossil fuel use. Don Pearlman, a former lobbyist for the law firm now known as Squire Patton Boggs, once headed the Global Climate Council, an ad hoc lobby group of companies on fossil fuels, which was convened to prevent the reduction of carbon pollution. Pearlman worked closely with the Saudi delegation to launch a series of requests for obstruction in climate talks. In addition to a business-as-usual scenario, the following policy approaches are proposed: Although Saudi emissions are falling by 6-9% over a decade due to the pandemic, its climate targets for 2030 remain “insufficient critical”, according to the latest Climate Action Tracker. It expects Saudi emissions to increase by 75-95% in 2030 compared to 2010 levels. Saudi Arabia`s lobbying abilities are legendary in Beltway circles, mainly because of its influence on the lucrative sale of U.S. weapons and other hot topics.
The government and its state-owned subsidiaries have a list of about 145 registered agents who attempt to influence U.S. law and order. While Aramco has been renamed, the government`s strategy to hamper global climate negotiations has not developed. According to the 2020 Climate Transparency Report, an annual cooperation between 14 think tanks and NGOs in G20 countries, only four G20 countries, including France and Germany, have funded green sectors on a larger scale than fossil fuels and carbon-intensive industries. . . .