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
Stopping these fossil fuel projects would prevent a drastic increase in GHG pollution at a time when it is imperative to decrease emissions to meet domestic and international climate goals, including the Paris Agreement that President Biden rejoined.
Increased emissions under President Joe Biden would be equivalent to more than doubling existing emissions from U.S. coal plants if the U.S. moves ahead with 21 major fossil fuel infrastructure projects pending review by the Biden Administration.
"This is a major victory for Indigenous resistance and the climate. Trudeau needs to stop supporting this risky project immediately, and end all fossil fuel subsidies," said Kyle Gracey of OCI.
The new report shows that Indigenous communities resisting the more than 20 fossil fuel projects analyzed have stopped or delayed greenhouse gas pollution equivalent to at least 25 percent of annual U.S. and Canadian emissions.
LATEST PROGRAM RESEARCH
A new report by Oil Change International on the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) reveals that banks have continued pouring money into the project over recent years, despite numerous warnings that the project has been financially unsustainable and a threat to the climate.
This analysis, an update to our 2017 report, reveals that the estimated cost of the Mountain Valley Pipeline has nearly doubled since 2017, increasing the potential project cost from USD 3.5 billion to between $6.3 and $6.5 billion.
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.