| PARIS, April 2
PARIS, April 2 OPEC said oil was not to blame
for climate change and consuming countries should pay to fight
the threat, while the CEO of Royal Dutch Shell said drivers
could help by not buying Hummer sports utility vehicles.
"Oil is not responsible," the producer group's Secretary
General, Abdullah al-Badri, told reporters on Thursday on the
sidelines of the International Oil Summit in Paris.
"It is the industrialised countries which are making all
this pollution in the world".
Scientists say the burning of fossil fuels, such as oil, is
a key factor in climate change.
Badri said the revenues from high taxes that some
industrialised countries, including most western European
nations, place on oil products should be diverted to
OPEC, whose member countries pump more than a third of the
world's oil, has supported the United Nations Convention on
Climate Change and its Kyoto Protocol, which encourage
reductions in emissions of greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2).
However, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting
Countries has also opposed plans to reduce oil consumption and
advocated adaptation to climate change.
Badri criticised the subsidies developed countries offer to
promote renewable energy sources such as solar and wind.
Most of the larger international oil companies accept the
role of oil and gas in man-made climate change.
Jeroen van der Veer, CEO of Royal Dutch Shell, the world's
second-largest oil company by market value, told the same
conference that drivers should help fight climate change by
using more fuel efficient vehicles.
Recalling his happy student days driving a 2CV, a famously
basic, and fuel efficient, Citroen, van der Veer said: "You
don't need a Hummer to be happy".
Consumers and General Motors, which owns the Hummer brand,
have come to the same conclusion. Falling sales of the the
military-derived vehicle, which has become synonymous with
gas-guzzling excess, have prompted GM to put the Hummer brand up
(Editing by Anthony Barker)