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We are within reach of the most ambitious climate action the US has ever seen — but fossil fuel executives — the architects of the global climate emergency — continue to stand in the way, maintaining their corrosive stranglehold on our economy and democracy.
To be a true climate leader and usher in a green, just, and peaceful future, President Biden must take action at the scale that science and justice demand. That means saying YES to a Green New Deal and NO to fossil fuel corporations.

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We’re fighting for a world in which all people — no matter who they are or where they come from — have what they need to thrive and the boundaries of the planet we share and depend on are respected. Going back to ‘normal’ is not an option.

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Fossil Fuels and climate

Scientists are shouting an urgent warning: we have less than a decade to transition our economy off of coal, oil, and gas, and onto safe and green renewable energy. Shifting to cleaner, locally-run energy will not only slow the tide of climate catastrophe, it’ll create millions of new jobs that sustain families while protecting community health. We deserve a world beyond fossil fuels: a world in which workers’ rights, community health, and our shared climate come before corporate profits. Right now, we have an unprecedented chance to lay the groundwork.

Just 100 companies are responsible for 71 percent of climate-wrecking greenhouse gas emissions in the last 30 years. The world’s largest oil and gas companies — Exxon, BP, Shell, and Chevron — are standing in the way of climate progress while falsely casting themselves as part of the solution. Joe Biden must look oil and gas CEOs in the eye and tell them their time is up.

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What is Fossil Fuel racism?

Climate destruction is only possible in a world in which racism and racist systems are tolerated. The fossil fuel industry as a whole is one of those racist systems. Extracting, refining, and burning fossil fuels releases all kinds of toxic pollution, poisoning the air and water of nearby communities. In the United States alone, air pollution from burning fossil fuels is linked to an estimated 230,000 deaths every year.

At home and around the world, the communities most often subject to fossil fuel pollution — those on the frontlines — are Black, Brown, Indigenous, and working-class. Communities of color are forced to endure a disproportionate burden of toxic pollution while a small handful of overwhelmingly white fossil fuel executives rake in millions of dollars in profits. This system isn’t fair. Ending fossil fuel racism means transitioning from an extractive economy to one that puts people and the planet first. It means achieving justice for the communities that have dealt with fossil fuel pollution for generations, and creating new opportunities for everyone to thrive in the renewable energy economy.

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Fossil fuels & democracy:

Our democracy should be our best tool for advancing climate solutions, but it has been hijacked by fossil fuel interests. Because of white supremacy and the corroding influence of corporate money in politics, millions of people are blocked from participating in our democracy and are bullied by tarnished courts and laws that serve corporate interests over people

We need transformative change that brings people-power into democracy and locks out the corrupt undemocratic influence of fossil fuel executives. We’re calling for reforms to the For the People Act to get big money out of politics, restore voting rights, offer new protections for voters, end gerrymandering so that electoral districts are fairly drawn, and hold government officials accountable with new ethics standards.This will help return power to the people.

State lawmakers are introducing legislation to restrict the right to protest. Over 100 such bills have been introduced in recent years seeking to erode protest rights.These bills are often modeled on resolutions drafted by fossil fuel companies and passed through groups like the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the secretive group of corporate lobbyists trying to rewrite state laws to benefit corporations over people. We need our leaders to embrace the historic tradition of nonviolent civil disobedience and stop legislative attacks on the constitutional rights of defenders of communities, Indigenous lands, and the environment.

Corporations and other powerful actors are also using the court to legally bully people who have protested peacefully in defense of their basic human rights, ranging from Indigenous water defenders at Standing Rock in North Dakota to Black Lives Matter activists in Detroit. These Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs) are dangerous, but we are fighting them in powerful coalitions such as the Protect the Protest task force.

We’re only left with a handful of years to reduce the power of fossil fuel companies polluting our communities, our climate, and our democratic systems before we rocket past climate thresholds and find ourselves in the midst of catastrophe.

The time is ripe for transformative change.

Climate change and the Oceans

Deep sea mining risks severe and potentially irreversible environmental harm, both at the mine sites and beyond. The deep ocean’s biodiversity and ecosystem functioning is barely understood and robust risk mitigation is not possible.

By impacting on natural processes that store carbon, deep sea mining could even make climate change worse by releasing carbon stored in deep sea sediments or disrupting the processes which help ‘scavenge’ carbon and deliver it to those sediments. Deep sea sediments are known to be an important long-term store of ‘blue carbon’, the carbon that is naturally absorbed by marine life, a proportion of which is carried down to the sea floor as those creatures die. Voices from the fishing sector are also joining environmental groups in warning of the severe risks to fisheries, amplifying calls for a moratorium on deep sea mining.

The deep sea mining industry presents its development as essential for a low-carbon future, yet this claim is not substantiated by actors in the renewable energy, electric vehicle or battery sectors. Such arguments ignore calls for a move from the endless exploitation of resources to a transformational and circular economy.

Fossil fuels & the plastics industry

Fossil fuels and plastic pollution — The vast majority of plastics are produced from fossil fuels. The same oil and gas companies driving climate change rely on the continued use of single-use plastics for profits. Industry giants like Exxon, Shell, and Chevron all produce both fossil fuels and plastics, jeopardizing the health of our communities and the planet. Consumer goods companies like Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Nestlé, and Unilever that continue to support plastic production are complicit in fossil fuel CEOs’ climate destruction.

Plastic pollution is not just what we see littering our beaches and waterways — it’s the entire lifecycle of plastics from extraction to disposal. Corporations’ reliance on plastic is contributing to climate change and disproportionately hurting communities of color, and it’s up to all of us to demand an end to these polluting plastics immediately.

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False Solutions

The time for half measures and false promises is over — For the oil and gas industry, delay and distraction are the new denial. Companies like Exxon, Chevron, Shell, and BP spent decades sowing doubt about the science of climate change. Now in the face of widespread public support for climate action, they’re distorting the facts about their role in the climate crisis and falsely casting themselves as allies. Joe Biden shouldn’t be fooled.

The truth is that we cannot continue to burn fossil fuels and limit global warming at the same time. Not even if we plant a trillion trees, and especially not if we invest billions of dollars in unproven oil and gas technologies like carbon capture and storage (CCS) or biofuels.

There is no substitute for phasing out fossil fuels and transitioning to renewable energy. Oil and gas companies like to pitch CCS as a way of extending the life of fossil fuel infrastructure like power plants, wells and pipelines, but the falling prices of renewable energy and battery storage show that we have better solutions already available. A healthier, more just world is waiting for us if we can phase out fossil fuels — but we can’t be distracted by false promises.
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What We Can Have In A World Beyond Fossil Fuels

Climate and jobs/economy

Create millions of good union jobs through a transition to renewable energy and climate protection — President Biden himself has outlined four Day One priorities for his administration: COVID-19, economic recovery, racial equity, and the climate crisis. By embracing the vision of the Green New Deal and phasing out fossil fuels, he can address all four at once.

Passing a bold, Green New Deal-style economic recovery plan would create nearly 16 million new jobs and sustain them over the next critical decade. That would mean millions more people with access to union benefits and healthcare, working in jobs that restore our climate rather than pollute it. Investments targeted in Black, Brown, and working-class communities will help those who have been hit hardest by economic and environmental turmoil Build Back Better.

We have a better chance at creating millions of good-paying, stable, union jobs with renewable energy than we do with fossil fuels. It’s time for our government to invest in the future, not bail out the past.

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Investing in BIPOC communities

Protect and invest in Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities — People from across the country are coming together for solutions that actually work — and we have President Biden’s attention. Biden has already promised to direct 40 percent of climate investments towards frontline and working-class communities, a crucial step towards building back fossil free. But this is only the beginning.

By ending oil, gas, and coal extraction, we can stop corporations like Exxon, Shell, Chevron, and BP from turning communities of color into sacrifice zones. By pairing policies to rein in the fossil fuel industry with investments in job retraining and placement for impacted workers, we can ensure everyone has the opportunity to thrive in the renewable energy economy.

We have a once-in-a-generation chance at healthy communities, millions of good-paying jobs, and a better life for those of us faced with fossil fuel pollution and the impacts of climate change — but we cannot take anything for granted. The movement that defeated Trump must now mobilize to win a just recovery from the Biden administration.

Climate disasters and health

Intensified hurricanes, wildfires, droughts, and other extreme weather disasters are clear signals that we need to act on climate now. Communities across the United States are still reeling from the health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis, but instead of working to solve these urgent problems, the Trump administration rolled back climate protections and bailed out fossil fuel executives.

The human impacts of climate-fueled extreme weather disasters are staggering. Black, Brown, Indigenous and working-class communities across the United States feel the impacts of climate-fueled extreme weather first and hardest. These communities are most likely to live near toxic facilities vulnerable to flooding and often have the fewest means to evacuate or rebuild when disasters strike. Government response to climate impacts can’t stop at immediate relief, but must also deliver systemic transformation that centers justice and long term resilience.

Pollution and environmental justice

Healing from environmental injustice and pollution — We are nearly one year into a pandemic that has disproportionately killed Black, Brown, and Indigenous people in the United States. But extractive industries have wrecked our climate while treating working-class communities of color as sacrifice zones for decades. As we push the Biden administration towards bold, ambitious climate action, we cannot forget that climate, racial, and economic justice are fundamentally linked.

In the United States and around the world, Black, Brown, and Indigenous people are the first to feel the impacts of fossil fuel extraction and exploitation. The economic turmoil from continuing to rely on oil, gas, and coal, is staggering, but the tragic loss of life is what makes continued political and financial support for the fossil fuel industry morally unacceptable.

The climate emergency is not some distant crisis, it has arrived. The science is clear: Joe Biden can save lives by rapidly phasing out fossil fuel production, starting right now. By pairing policies to rein in oil, gas, and coal corporations with investments in the workers and communities with the most on the line, Biden can begin the necessary transition to an energy economy that works for all people.
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