The climate crisis is one of the greatest challenges we face as a nation and as a people. For far too long, our leaders and our society have failed to meet that challenge.
All of us have a moral responsibility to take action and show leadership in the face of a crisis that threatens our democracy, our nation, and our planet. This is an opportunity to build the prosperous, clean and healthy climate and society our communities and future generations need. We can do this. We know the science – we have for a long time. We possess the technology – and it gets better every day.
We need the political will. We need our next President to be a Real Climate Leader who is ready to take on this crisis starting on day one.
To ensure we take action at the scale of the climate crisis, we’re asking presidential candidates to pledge to do the following on their first day in office:
Reject all new federally-approved coal, oil, gas, and other fossil fuel project permits. From the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines to drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, our next president will have the ability to block new fossil fuel infrastructure and expansion. New fossil fuel projects will, without a doubt, catalyze climate change. If we’re serious about cutting emissions, we need to stop building new projects that will lock us into decades of fossil fuel use.
Phase out oil and gas drilling and fracking on public lands and off our coasts. Oil and gas from public lands make up roughly a quarter of domestic oil and gas production. A real climate leader cannot allow more dangerous emissions to be pumped out of our public lands and waters. That means stopping sales of all new fossil fuel leases on public lands and waters, and phasing out fossil fuel extraction on public lands in a just way.
Rejoin the Paris Climate Accord.While we know the Paris agreement isn’t nearly strong enough to stop the climate crisis, it establishes a floor for our nation’s ambitions on fighting for a stable climate.
Ask Congress to investigate the fossil fuel industry’s role in misleading the public and stalling climate action, and to prepare to hold the industry accountable.