A World Beyond Fossil Fuels

The science is clear: a sustainable future for people, wildlife, and the climate cannot include fossil fuels. To avoid the worst impacts of climate change, we need to keep the majority of the world’s remaining fossil fuels in the ground. It’s time to phase out coal, oil, and natural gas — and instead, invest in workers, communities, and a renewable energy future.

The assessment of recent national energy plans and projections in the 2021 Production Gap Report’s uncovered that governments plan to produce around 110% more fossil fuels in 2030 than would be consistent with limiting global warming to 1.5°C, and 45% more than would be consistent with limiting warming to 2°C, on a global level. In short, if governments extract and burn the amount of oil, gas, and coal that they are currently planning to, we will not stand a chance at avoiding a climate catastrophe.

It sounds dire, but there are solutions. President Biden can start by no longer allowing fossil fuel companies to drill and mine on our public lands. A 2018 report by the Department of the Interior estimated that between 2005-2014 emissions from fossil fuels produced on Federal lands represent, on average, 23.7% of national emissions for carbon dioxide, 7.3% for methane, and 1.5% for nitrous oxide.

Congress must stop funding climate destruction with our hard earned tax dollars. Our government gives away $15 billion in public money every year to fossil fuel corporations through tax breaks, subsidies, and handouts. It’s time to shift that investment to the clean, just energy system of the future and to support communities in the transition away from oil, gas, and coal. 

President Biden campaigned on an ambitious climate platform, but we cannot take anything for granted. The movement that elected Biden must hold him accountable to following through on his promises of a green and just recovery. We must also continue to elect climate leaders to Congress.

It's Time to Quit Coal

There is no such thing as clean coal. 

There’s a reason that coal has been singled out in the fight to keep fossil fuels in the ground. It’s one of the most polluting energy sources out there, the single largest contributor to global warming, and makes us sick by polluting our air and water with toxic pollution, like mercury.

Coal production and jobs are at its lowest levels in over 50 years. In 2020 there were less than 45,000 coal miners in the U.S. That same year over 230,000 Americans worked in solar and wind energy is cheaper than coal power in many U.S. states. 

As we complete the transition off of coal, we must ensure that the workers and communities are not left behind by greedy coal barons who try to cut and run. 

No Offshore Drilling

Our public lands aren’t the only critical battleground in the fight to phase out fossil fuels — offshore oil and gas drilling is a growing threat to our health and climate.

Big oil companies have profited from the exploitation of U.S. public land and water for decades. Their activities have not only devastated land and water that belongs to American taxpayers, but also pushed us steadily closer to climate chaos.

The industry’s greed only grows, fed by a clamor to exploit oil and gas reserves and continue to profit at the expense of people, wildlife, and the climate.

Take the Arctic, for example. Due to global warming and melting sea ice, the oil deep in Arctic waters is now accessible for the first time. Corporations like Shell, ExxonMobil, and BP want to drill for it.

That’s right — oil that was once out of reach in frozen areas of the Arctic is now accessible because of the climate crisis. And the very companies responsible for the ice melting want more oil to make the climate crisis worse.

The good news is that your resistance has kept Arctic oil safe thus far. An incredible global movement forced Shell out of the Arctic in 2015 and prompted President Obama to make the U.S. Arctic off limits to oil drilling for two years. The Trump administration rolled back many of the protections. It is now up to President Biden to not just restore Obama era protections, but install a lifetime ban on arctic drilling. Things look to be trending in the right direction, in 2021 a federal district court decision halted the ConocoPhillips’ Willow Master Development Plan in the Alaskan Arctic.

Join the Movement to Keep Fossil Fuels in the Ground

With the realities of climate change setting in, the last thing we need is more fossil fuels.

From the Arctic to the Gulf and everything in between, our call is united: keep it in the ground. This movement is riding a serious wave of momentum — let’s let this be the start of a revolution against fossil fuels.