Happy Memorial Day–
Today’s Monday Action: Urge Obama to stop listening to the fossil fuel lobby: He must ban oil and gas leasing in all federal lands and waters.
Dear President Obama,
Stop listening to the fossil fuel lobby, listen to your people: I am urgently concerned about climate change. This is the gravest threat facing us all and future generations depend on us to halt it. Therefore I oppose all new fossil fuel infrastructure and want a fair price on carbon.
Have you noticed? The tide has turned: On May 23 Kinder Morgan withdrew the NED pipeline right after the children won a huge victory on May 17 when the MA Supreme Judicial Court ordered the Commonwealth to create and implement regulations to meet its carbon emission reduction mandates.
I strongly disagree with your assistant secretary of energy for fossil fuels, Chris Smith, who just said that we cannot Keep It in the Ground. He is wrong, he is biased, he worked for Chevron and Texaco for more than a decade: Stop listening to the fossil fuel lobby. Keep It in the Ground we must, and we shall. We must break free from fossil fuels today:
Methane levels jumped 11 parts per billion from 2014 to 2015, nearly double the rate they were increasing from 2007 to 2013. The fracking that your administration has embraced is a major contributor to methane pollution. You cannot pretend to move on climate change and promote fracking and other extraction. A Harvard study has shown that the US is the biggest methane polluter in the world. This must stop!
We urgently need you to use your remaining time in office to ban oil and gas leasing in all federal waters and lands, something the Center for Biological Diversity and more than 45 other groups sought in a legal petition filed 3/29/16, an action you have the full legal and moral authority to take.
Sir, it’s urgent that you do the right thing. That’s what we elected you to do. We need you. Stop listening to fossil fuel companies and their representatives, listen to your people. Thank you.
YOUR TOWN AND STATE
With Mothers Out Front
Thanks for all you do. Onward!
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Mothers Out Front – Pioneer Valley