Deadline for original co-sponsorship: COB Thursday, April 27th
114th Congress co-sponsors: 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, Zoe Lofgren, Betty McCollum, Jim McDermott, Jim McGovern, Eleanor Holmes-Norton, Chellie Pingree, Mike Quigley, Jan Schakowsky, 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
The need to Keep It in the Ground is clearer than ever. With yet another record breaking warm spring, 2017 is bringing us closer to climate catastrophe. Stronger and more frequent hurricanes, storm surge and tidal incursions, and climate refugees are the face of the future, and the more we drill, the worse it will become. Now, with a climate-change denying President who approved Keystone XL and wants to expand offshore oil drilling and fracking operations across the country, environmentally-minded Members of Congress must signal their opposition to such suicidal climate policies.
Please join me in co-sponsoring the Keep It in the Ground Act [H.R. 4535 in the 114th Congress]. Withdrawing federal lands and waters from oil and gas drilling is one of the most sensible ways to meet our COP21 climate commitments to keeping global temperature increases below 2 degrees C. 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, Atlantic, 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.
If you would like to be an original co-sponsor, or have any questions, please contact Denise Devotta atDenise.Devotta@mail.house.gov or 6-63629. Deadline for original co-sponsorship: COB Thursday, April 27th