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Fossil Fuels and climate
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.
What is Fossil Fuel racism?
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.
Fossil fuels & democracy:
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
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
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.
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.
Yes to a Green new deal
What We Can Have In A World Beyond Fossil Fuels
Climate and jobs/economy
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.
Investing in BIPOC communities
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
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
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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