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No new oil, coal or gas leases on public lands

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“Increased fossil fuel extraction on public lands is incompatible with stopping runaway climate change. I urge you to issue an executive order that instructs federal agencies to stop granting new and expanded leases to extract coal, oil and gas from public lands and coastal waters.”

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    No new oil, coal or gas leases on public lands

    The Deepwater Horizon offshore oil drilling rig exploded five years ago, killing 11 people and spilling millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. It was the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history.

    But fossil fuel extraction on public lands and in public waters is disastrous even when everything goes as planned, with oil, natural gas and coal extraction on publicly owned federal lands and waters responsible for more than 20% of all U.S. carbon emissions.1

    This massive fossil fuel giveaway to private companies is fueling runaway climate change and torching the planet. That’s why we’re joining our friends at Rainforest Action Network to demand the real leadership on climate that President Obama promised and Americans deserve.

    Sign the petition: No new oil, coal or gas leases on public lands.

    According to an independent analysis conducted by Status Consulting for the Center for American Progress and the Wilderness Society, fossil fuel production on public lands and in public waters accounted for an astounding 1,340 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent in 2012 alone. To put that in perspective, it’s equivalent to the annual emissions of 280 million cars.

    Shockingly, some sources of fossil fuel emissions on public lands have increased since President Obama took office. From 2010 to 2012, greenhouse gas emissions stemming from oil drilling on public lands spiked by more than 20 percent. These emissions are directly undermining the steps President Obama has taken to address climate change through the carbon rule and clean energy investments in the 2009 stimulus bill.

    Tell President Obama: Keep fossil fuels in the ground.

    The Obama administration doesn’t seem to get it. A 2014 White House fact sheet boasts that “production of oil and gas has grown each year” under President Obama and that the administration has “held 30 separate oil and gas lease sales, offering 5.7 million acres for lease by industry, the most in a decade.”2

    The Obama administration’s approach to fossil fuel extraction on public lands isn’t just hypocritical, it’s also incompatible with stopping runaway climate change. With scientists warning that we need to leave at least 80 percent of global fossil fuel reserves in the ground,3 we can’t afford to continue leasing publicly-owned fossil fuels to the highest bidder.

    Just two days ago in his weekly address, President Obama said, “this is the only planet we’ve got. And years from now, I want to be able to look our children and grandchildren in the eye and tell them that we did everything we could to protect it.” It’s up to us to hold him to it.

    Sign the petition: No new oil, coal or gas leases on public lands.

    P.S. CREDO supports a moratorium on all fossil fuel extraction, and this is an opportunity for President Obama to use an executive order to move us closer toward that goal.

    1. "Cutting Greenhouse Gas from Fossil-Fuel Extraction on Federal Lands and Waters," Center for American Progress, March 19, 2015.
    2. "Safe and Responsible Oil and Gas Production as Part of President Obama’s All-of-the-Above Energy Strategy," Whitehouse.gov, June 25, 2014.
    3. "Leave fossil fuels buried to prevent climate change, study urges," The Guardian, January 7, 2015.