Opec would be wise to avoid picking a fight with Greta Thunberg. The 16-year-old face of the Extinction Rebellion movement wants to bring the fossil fuel era to an abrupt end, regardless of the economic risks. Branding her populist methods an enemy could make big oil an easier target for protesters to aim at. However, that is exactly the mistake Opec secretary-general Mohammed Barkindo has made. The head of the oil cartel, which pumps just under a third of the world’s crude, was quoted this week saying that attacks levelled at producers by a “growing mass mobilisation of world opinion” had become “perhaps the greatest threat to our industry going forward”. Unabashed, Barkindo doubled down by arguing “civil society is being misled to believe oil is the cause of climate change”. That is all music to the young ears of Thunberg. The Swedish teenager described the comments as “our biggest compliment yet” in a tweet to her 723,000 followers.
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