Hundreds of environmental, social justice, labor, and progressive organizations applauded the release of the ReWIND Act, new legislation introduced today that would block a Big Oil Bailout and ensure relief money flows to people, not polluters.
In anticipation of yet another announcement released by the G20 and OPEC+ today, experts at Oil Change International have issued the following statements.
While Malpass has promised to maintain the World Bank’s existing commitments on climate change, governments should be extremely wary, said Alex Doukas, of Oil Change International.
If we want to stave off the very worst impacts of our climate crisis, we need to move as quickly as possible away from fossil fuels. That means cutting both our collective demand for oil, gas, and coal as well as reducing the supply of fossil fuels that helps to drive that demand.
Like many, we at Oil Change International struggle to find the words to convey how horrified we are at the inhumane, unjust actions being perpetrated by agents of the Trump administration, as they tear apart and terrorize families seeking a new future at the border of the United States.
Trump’s infrastructure scam is all about greasing the wheels for oil, gas and coal development and his budget funds this massive giveaway. ‘Streamlining’ critical environmental review really means steamrolling landowners and putting a muzzle on communities when they resist oil and gas pipelines being built through their backyards for private profit.
Calling this disaster of a plan simply an infrastructure plan doesn’t do the nightmare justice. It’s a Make Big Oil Happy plan. It’s a More Climate Disasters plan. It’s a Taxpayer Dollars in Oil Executives’ Wallets plan. It’s a Bankrupt Our Communities plan.
Today’s new offshore drilling plan reveals, once again, that Trump’s energy strategy entails little more than smoothing the road for Big Oil to to get whatever they want. This plan is a gift to companies that want open access to our protected ocean waters and has literally no rational basis other than to curry favor with the oil industry. This is a purely political move devoid of any economic or demand driver.
FERC’s approval of the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines lacks credibility. Trump’s new FERC appointees pushed them through over rare dissent from Cheryl LaFleur. Governor’s Cooper and McAuliffe need to take action.
“Pruitt’s move to repeal the Clean Power Plan shouldn’t come as any surprise. He’s repeatedly partnered with fossil fuel companies to sue the EPA for regulating the industry’s air, water, and climate pollution. This kind of cronyism is exactly what happens when government agencies are captured by the corporations they’re supposed to oversee.”