As the U.S. government arrives in Dubai for the UNFCCC COP28 climate summit, frontline communities, youth, and civil society are planning to confront the Biden-Harris administration’s oil and gas expansion and urging a rapid fossil fuel phaseout.
A new report analyzes how the Inflation Reduction Act fails to reduce fossil fuel production or alleviate impact on environmental justice communities, and that current policies will instead lead to a deadly increase in oil and gas production and exports.
“Sacrificing millions of acres in the Gulf of Mexico for oil and gas extraction is a gross denial of reality by Joe Biden in the face of climate catastrophe,” said Collin Rees.
“This is a manufactured crisis designed specifically to hurt working people, and our leaders don’t have to participate in this deadly charade. Congress should reject these poison pills that have no relation to the debt ceiling and pass a clean increase,” said Collin Rees.
“Our communities and climate cannot afford more fossil fuels, nor more dangerous distractions like carbon capture, hydrogen, or ammonia — it’s long past time to end the era of fossil fuels,” said Collin Rees.
“Until Biden reins in Big Oil’s deadly expansion that’s locking in decades of global fossil fuel pollution, his legacy will remain one of failing to confront reckless U.S. oil and gas production that’s killing the planet,” said Collin Rees.
A diverse collective of climate activists and groups, including youth-led groups, are coming together this Saturday to hold a rally and march to the White House to call for immediate, radical change and an end to the era of fossil fuels.
Over 100 groups sent a letter to Biden Administration officials ahead of this week’s G7 meeting of climate change and environmental ministers urging the United States to resist the Japanese push for increased public investments in LNG.
Climate justice advocates expressed outrage at California state oil regulator CalGEM over the recent approval of hundreds of oil and gas rework permits to continue dangerous oil operations within 3,200 feet of communities.
“CCUS is a dangerous distraction from rapidly and equitably phasing out fossil fuels. Giving more public money to prolong Big Oil’s political power and profits is the wrong approach and a poor use of public funds,” said Collin Rees.