STOPPING CARBON LOCK-IN
Our Stopping Carbon Lock-In program works to keep oil, gas, and coal in the ground, providing crucial information and elevating fossil fuel infrastructure fights to change the public and political narratives around fossil fuels.
We also work to increase support for policies that match the scale of the climate crisis, so that policymakers in the United States and around the world increasingly recognize winding down fossil fuel production and infrastructure as a cornerstone of climate leadership.
OVERVIEW OF WORK
In early 2019, Oil Change International released Drilling Towards Disaster: Why U.S. Oil and Gas Expansion Is Incompatible with Climate Limits, which showed that the United States is on track for a truly unprecedented expansion of oil and gas production at precisely the time that we’re facing ever-worsening climate impacts and the science shows we have a closing window for action to stave off even worse effects.
With this specter of out-of-control fossil fuel expansion on the horizon, Oil Change International works to fight oil, gas, and coal infrastructure in the U.S., and push for government policies and regulations that will restrict fossil fuel infrastructure to bring our energy policy in line with what climate science demands.
With our data-driven, people powered approach, we work in solidarity with communities, movements, and other allies by developing impactful research on the oil and gas industry’s plans, and by waging hard-hitting campaigns to support on-the-ground fights to stop fossil fuel infrastructure.
We also engage in the halls of power to ensure discussions of climate policy include the critical need to stop industry expansion and keep fossil fuels in the ground. As the work to build out the Green New Deal continues, Oil Change International will be at the table ensuring policy-makers know that to be true climate leaders they must tackle the fossil fuel industry head-on and work to keep fossil fuels in the ground.
LATEST PROGRAM POSTS
OCI is producing weekly news and resources updates for allies as part of our response to the COVID-19 crisis.
The Canadian Green Party's parliamentary leader, Elizabeth May, said last week: "My heart bleeds for people who believe the sector is going to come back. It's not. Oil is dead and for people in the sector, it's very important there be just transition funds."
It would make a great April Fools joke. Investing $5 billion in a product that is nearly worthless in the middle of a global pandemic, which puts communities and construction workers at risk. Make sense to you? No, of course it doesn’t. You would reply: “Don’t be so stupid! That must be a joke.”
Warren Mabee, the director of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy at Queen’s University, said he "wouldn’t be surprised if Canadian crude prices briefly go negative - a scenario where producers are paying people to take away product.”
LATEST PROGRAM RESEARCH
This report unpacks and debunks the enduring myth that gas can form a bridge to a decarbonized future. As the global crisis intensifies while the production and consumption of gas soars, it is clearer than ever that gas is not a solution to the climate crisis.
Diminishing consumer demand coupled with more affordable renewables are casting doubt on the overall feasibility and potential profitability of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
At precisely the time in which the world must begin rapidly decarbonizing to avoid runaway climate disaster, the United States is moving further and faster than any other country to expand oil and gas extraction.