From: The Honorable Jared Huffman
Sent By: noah.oppenheim@mail.house.gov
Date: 2/8/2016

Support the Keep It in the Ground Act – CLOSING FEB 9 AT NOON

Senate Sponsors: Merkley (OR), Cardin (MD), Sanders (VT), Boxer (CA), Gillibrand (NY), Leahy (VT), and Warren (MA)

House Co-Sponsors: Lieu (CA), Honda (CA), Lee (CA), Keating (CA)

Dear Colleague:

Please join me in cosponsoring the House companion to the “Keep It in the Ground Act.”

Just this January, NOAA and NASA announced that 2015 was the warmest year on record. Since the Industrial Revolution, global temperatures have increased by an average of 0.9° Celsius. Unless significant action is taken in the near future to curtail further emissions increases, global temperatures may increase by over 2° Celsius by the end of the century. Increases of more than 2°Celsius would pose a grave threat to the ecological, economic, and social health of the United States. In order to prevent these devastating impacts, over 90 percent of the world’s fossil fuels must stay in the ground forever.

Our nation’s capacity to transition towards clean energy sources is expanding at a record pace, but economic incentives against further unhealthy dependence on fossil fuels are still required. A smooth transition towards a clean energy future must become a central priority of the Federal government and a central tenet of the use of our public lands. The Keep It in the Ground Act represents a crucial step in the fight to prevent carbon emissions and help end our addition to fossil fuels.

Specifically, the bill would:

  • Stop new leases and end nonproducing leases for coal, oil, gas, oil shale and tar sands on all Federal lands.
  • Stop new leases and end nonproducing leases for offshore drilling in the Pacific and Gulf of Mexico.
  • Prohibit offshore drilling in the Arctic and the Atlantic.

If you would like to cosponsor this bill or if you have any questions, please contact Noah Oppenheim atnoah.oppenheim@mail.house.gov (5-5161).