DearColleague.us

Letter

From: The Honorable Jared Huffman
Sent By: noah.oppenheim@mail.house.gov
Bill: H.R. 4535
Date: 3/31/2016

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

House Cosponsors: Matthew Cartwright, Katherine Clark, Mark DeSaulnier, Donna Edwards, Alan Grayson, Raul Grijalva, Luis Gutierrez, Alcee Hastings, Mike Honda, Hank Johnson, William Keating, Barbara Lee, Ted Lieu, Jim McDermott, Jim McGovern, Eleanor Norton, Chellie Pingree, Chris Van Hollen, Bonnie Watson Coleman

Endorsed by over 400 groups, including Sierra Club, Friends of the Earth, Environment America, NRDC, Defenders of Wildlife, & the League of Conservation Voters

Dear Colleague,

Please join me in cosponsoring H.R. 4535, the Keep It in the Ground Act. This legislation would stop new leases, and end nonproducing leases for coal, oil, natural gas, oil shale, and tar sands extraction, on all federal lands. It would stop new leases and end nonproducing offshore drilling leases in the Pacific and Gulf of Mexico. It would also prohibit all offshore drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic.

In order to prevent the most devastating effects of climate change, including fires, floods, and rising sea levels, we need to reduce emissions from fossil fuel combustion. Since the Industrial Revolution, global temperatures have increased by an average of 0.9° Celsius due to fossil fuel use. 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.

Here’s some of the conversation surrounding Keep It in the Ground in the press:

“Our movement is more powerful than it ever has been, and our elected officials are responding to that with more thoughtful policies.” –Michael Brune, Sierra Club

“Keeping unleased fossil fuels in the ground on public lands and waters is the first step towards avoiding the worst impacts of climate disruption and safeguarding our natural heritage. Congressman Huffman and the other sponsors of this bill deserve the highest praise for exhibiting bold climate leadership when we need it most.” –Marissa Knodel, Friends of the Earth

“The Keep It in the Ground Act will protect our beaches, the fragile Arctic, and some of our most treasured natural areas — all while keeping dirty fuels in the ground where they belong.” –Rachel Richardson, Environment America

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).