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
The Republican plan not only refuses to end massive public giveaways to the fossil fuel industry, but also foists the cost on the American public through user fees rather than repealing Trump and the GOP’s tax cuts for billionaires and rich corporations. This plan is a joke.
Last week, the #BuildBackFossilFree coalition held a week of action across the country escalating the demand for President Joe Biden to be a real Climate President and directly confront environmental racism and fossil fuel companies fueling the climate crisis.
“We urge you and all federal leadership to stand firm against the Line 3 pipeline and act now to halt its construction. The pipeline’s construction is an urgent threat to the waters of Minnesota and Lake Superior, as well as to our global climate,” said the groups to Biden.
A group of environmental and financial organizations representing over 7,600,000 members and supporters announced the launch of the DivestMVP coalition to highlight the financial instability of the fracked gas Mountain Valley Pipeline.
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.