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Qatar Minister: Emotional demands to cancel hydrocarbons 'unrealistic'

Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, Qatari Minister of State for Energy Affairs, speaks during a press conference in the capital Doha on December 3, 2018. (Photo ANNE LEVASSEUR/AFP/Getty Images)
Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, Qatari Minister of State for Energy Affairs, speaks during a press conference in the capital Doha on 3 December 2018 [ANNE LEVASSEUR/AFP/Getty Images]

Qatar's Minister of State for Energy Affairs, Saad Al-Kaabi, said yesterday that emotional demands to cancel hydrocarbons are unrealistic.

In a statement, he said: "The recent months have proven that the demands to cancel hydrocarbons are harmful to a realistic, accelerated transition."

According to Reuters, Al-Kaabi said hydrocarbons "are not going to disappear any time in the near future." Therefore, cleaner forms of hydrocarbons were essential for a responsible transition.

He added: "Natural gas is certainly the cleanest fossil fuel, and a much-needed reliable and economic solution to manage intermittency issues, when the sun is not shining, or when the wind is not blowing."

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