OPEC-Generalsekretär Mohammed Barkindo hat in einem Interview die #FridaysForFuture-Bewegung als größte Bedrohung für die Öl-Industrie bezeichnet und ihnen damit gleichzeitig (unbeabsichtigt) bescheinigt, dass die Schüler auf ihren Demos einen hervorragenden Job machen und die Politik zu Ungunsten einer anachronistischen Industrie verändern. In den Worten von Greta Thunberg: „OPEC calls the school strike movement and climate campaigners as their ‘greatest threat’. Perhaps our biggest compliment yet!“ Danke, Kids! Alles richtig gemacht.
OPEC’s secretary-general has complained of what he called “unscientific” attacks on the oil industry by climate change campaigners, calling them “perhaps the greatest threat to our industry going forward”. Speaking in Vienna after a meeting of the oil producers’ club and its partners, Mohammed Barkindo said that as extreme weather events linked to the climate crisis became more common, “there is a growing mass mobilisation of world opinion… against oil. Civil society is being misled to believe oil is the cause of climate change,” he said.
Appearing to refer to the recent wave of school strikes inspired by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg’s “Fridays for Future” movement, he said children of some colleagues at OPEC’s headquarters “are asking us about their future because.. they see their peers on the streets campaigning against this industry”.
Barkindo added that the “mobilisation” against oil was “beginning to… dictate policies and corporate decisions, including investment in the industry. We believe this industry is part of the solution to the scourge of climate change,” Barkindo said, but did not elaborate on what this would entail.