The Media needs to tell the Truth
The conference praises itself to be the leading conferences for energy industry leaders and experts across the globe though it is exclusively a fossil fuel conference that views energy efficiency and renewables at best as a threat to existing business models and market actors. For 40 years this networking event of CEOs of major oil and gas companies has been the place for them to strategize how to keep transport, heating and power systems locked into fossil fuels.
This year the Conference will welcome the following eight men as keynote speakers: the Chief Executive Officer ADNOC (H.E. Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber), the Group Chief Executive of BP (Bob Dudley), the Minister of Oil of the Federal Government of Iraq (H.E. Thamir Abbas Al Ghadhban), the Secretary General of OPEC (H.E. Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo), the Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Petroleum (H.E. Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi ), the Chief Executive Officer of Royal Dutch Shell (Ben van Beurden), the Chairman of SABIC (Abdulaziz Saleh Aljarbou), and the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Total (Patrick Pouyanné).
For years, New York Times staff and the oil and gas executives attending the conference, its opulent dinners, and side events, dressed up in tuxedos, and have blissfully ignored the protestors outside. For years, Fossil Free UK, Divest London and many other organizations named the conference a Climate Crime Scene.
Extinction Rebellion is now taking its protest to the Oil & Money Conference Host’s Headquarter: The New York Times on 242 W 41st St in Manhattan.
On August 21, we kicked off our protest series under the “Will you Swim to Work?“ theme to demand that the New York Times immediately withdraws from the conference and its support for the fossil fuel industry.