Tell President Biden: #EndFossilFuels Now

President Biden and Staff

We deserve a fossil-free future. We all want fresh air to breathe. Good jobs for our families. A planet where our lands, oceans, and wildlife thrive.

But the more oil, gas, and coal that’s drilled, the more toxic air we breathe; the more heatwaves, fires, and floods we face. All while wealthy fossil fuel CEOs rake in record profits from dirty energy that pollutes our communities.

As leader of the world’s number one oil and gas producer and historic climate polluter, President Biden has the most power of any global official to stop this – by putting an end to the expansion of fossil fuels and protecting the health and safety of our communities.

On September 17, 2023, thousands of us took to the streets of New York City for the March to End Fossil Fuels – a massive demonstration to demand President Biden take bold action to end fossil fuels.

Whether you could be there or not, we are asking you to uplift our demands for President Biden so he gets our message loud and clear. Together, we call on him to:

  1. STOP FEDERAL APPROVALS for new fossil fuel projects and REPEAL permits for climate bombs like the Willow Project.

  2. PHASE OUT fossil fuel drilling on our public lands and waters.

  3. DECLARE A CLIMATE EMERGENCY to halt fossil fuel exports and investments abroad, and turbo-charge the build-out of more just, resilient distributed energy (like rooftop and community solar.

  4. PROVIDE A JUST TRANSITION to a renewable energy future* that generates millions of jobs while supporting workers’ and community rights, job security, and employment equity.

*Our renewable energy future must not repeat the violence of the extractive past. Justice must ground the transition off fossil fuels to redress the climate, colonialist, racist, socioeconomic, and ecological injustices of the fossil fuel era.

To: President Biden and Staff
From: [Your Name]

Dear President Biden, Presidential Envoy Kerry, Mr. Podesta, and Mr. Zaidi:

We are living in a climate emergency. This summer alone, kids in New York and across the country couldn’t play outside because of dangerous wildfire smoke from Canada, over 100 people died due to wildfires in Hawaii, the heat reached historic heights in California, and record-breaking flash flooding hit Kentucky. Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of people in this country are suffering from asthma, cancer, and numerous other health harms because they live next to fossil fuel infrastructure. This is only the beginning of climate catastrophe unless you use all the powers of the presidency to immediately and rapidly phase out fossil fuels in the United States.

Aligning with urgent alarms from scientists worldwide, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is calling on countries to commit to “no new coal, oil and gas; fossil fuel phase-out plans; [and] more ambitious renewable-energy targets.” The U.S. is the top global oil and gas producer and the largest historic greenhouse gas emitter.

The United Nations’ recent Global Stocktake report made clear that both rapidly phasing out fossil fuels and scaling up renewable energy are absolutely necessary to keep warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius. It is imperative that the U.S. change course and become a true global climate leader by ending the extraction and use of fossil fuels.

I urge you to take the following actions now:

1) Use your authority under the Clean Water Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and other laws to stop issuing federal permits for fossil fuel infrastructure, including pipelines, petrochemical plants, and fossil fuel import/export terminals; and repeal permits for climate bombs like the Willow Master Development Plan in Alaska that violate these laws

2) Phase down oil and gas production on federal lands and waters to near-zero by 2030 using your authority under the Mineral Leasing Act, Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, and Naval Petroleum Reserves Production Act

3) Declare a climate emergency under the National Emergencies Act to reinstate the crude oil export ban and turbo-charge the build-out of more just, resilient distributed energy (like rooftop and community solar)

4) Limit LNG exports to the extent allowed under the Natural Gas Act

You have the power to speed the end of the fossil fuel era and deliver cleaner air and a healthier environment for every person, plant, and animal on our planet. But you don’t have much time.

In the race to peak emissions by 2025, your Administration is in the pivotal driver’s seat to limit global warming to 1.5 C, and help us avoid the most catastrophic effects of climate change. To maintain a likely chance of doing this, the U.S. should end ALL oil and gas production by the early 2030s.

The world is depending on you. Please begin phasing out fossil fuels now.