This week, Congress will likely vote to end the 40-year-old crude oil export ban, a critical safeguard against fracking and climate damage. The move to lift the crude oil export ban flies in the face of climate progress less than a week after the United Nations Paris Agreement.
Lifting the ban would massively boost oil production at a time when the science demands that we leave the majority of remaining fossil fuels in the ground. The combustion of the additional oil that would be produced is estimated to generate more than 515 million metric tons of carbon pollution per year–the equivalent annual greenhouse gas emissions of 135 coal-fired power plants or more than 100 million passenger cars.
Terminating the ban will also unleash fracking across America , exposing our communities to increased air pollution, water contamination, risk of explosions from crude-carrying trains, and surges in earthquakes like those caused by the oil industry in Oklahoma.
WHAT YOU CAN DO IMMEDIATELY:
Urge your Senators to reject lifting the ban by calling, tweeting, and sending them letters. More information here:
Sign Food & Water Watch’s petition here: https://secure.foodandwaterwatch.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=2435&s_src=fb&s_subsrc=121415
For tweeting, please use the following hashtags and tweet directly to your Senator: #KeepTheBan #LetTheBanStand
And please consider retweeting this to your followers: https://twitter.com/CenterForBioDiv/status/676444105916981248