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
Yesterday, millions of Canadians headed to the polls and knocked the Liberals’ majority government down to minority status. This was a clear signal to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his party that voters expect more and better action from a Liberal government to confront the climate crisis.
In Canada, tar sands supporters in large trucks are hounding a youth climate activist, who has emboldened and inspired millions to march and strike for climate action.
Trudeau was called a climate hypocrite back in June and he is being called a climate hypocrite now. As Greta says: listen to the science. We can’t build any more pipelines if we want a safe climate.
Big Oil knows it is gambling with our future. It is deliberately doing so. Because of its actions, it is not just the people of the Bahamas that will face the consequences of our warming world. We all will.
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.