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Meet the oil man in charge of leading the world away from oil

By Max Bearak

14 Sep 2023 · 6 min read

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  1. Sultan al-Jaber, founder of a UAE renewable energy company and director of its national oil company, is set to steer the United Nations' annual global climate negotiations in November. His dual role has sparked controversy since both his roles appear to clash.

ZARAFSHAN, Uzbekistan — On a craggy desert plateau in Uzbekistan, a renewable energy company from the United Arab Emirates is putting up more than 100 wind turbines.

And on the other side of this vast, landlocked Central Asian nation, the same company’s owners, Emirati fossil-fuel investors, are pouring billions of dollars into a gas plant expansion.

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