To meet international climate agreements from the Paris accord and prevent dangerous climate change, we need to keep oil and gas in the ground -- no doubt about it. Yet the Obama administration has announced plans to do just the opposite. It proposes to expand oil and gas leasing in the Arctic (which has been largely off limits) and ramp up drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, still suffering from 2010's Deepwater Horizon disaster.
Under the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's proposed five-year plan, there would be 13 lease sales from 2017 to 2022: 10 sales in the Gulf of Mexico and three off the coast of Alaska.
And while President Obama is using executive action to put some of the most sensitive areas in the Arctic's Beaufort and Chukchi seas off limits, this falls far short of what we really need: an end to all new oil and gas leasing in public waters.
Tell President Obama that if he's going to meet his climate promises, he needs to step up and keep fossil fuels in the ground. That means ending, not expanding, offshore oil and gas leases under his administration's five-year plan.
March 26, 2016 Action Alert ID# 354
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