Climate & Energy Justice

The climate crisis is the definitive environmental issue of our time, but it will take more than just greenhouse gas-reducing technologies to address it.

The Climate & Energy Justice Team envisions energy systems that are ecologically balanced, centered on community self-determination, and that recognize and address systemic inequity. We seek to stop the exploitation of people and the environment by: halting dirty energy production; ending fossil fuel subsidies; supporting a planned phase-out of fossil fuels; protecting public lands; and preventing climate disinformation.

Recognizing that there can be no climate justice without racial justice, we support energy systems that advance environmental justice, foster equitable relationships among and within nations, and secure clean energy access for all.


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Friends of the Earth Urges Senate Passage of Stronger Build Back Better Act

Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Build Back Better (BBB) Act. This landmark legislation makes historic investments in environmental and social programs.

New FERC Commissioner Urged to Prioritize Environmental, Energy Justice

Conservation, Indigenous and environmental justice groups urged Phillips to use his new position to help transform the country’s dangerous fossil fuel energy system into a renewable, resilient and just one. 

Despite Environmental Commitments Made at COP, Biden Administration Offers Over 80 Million Acres of Gulf of Mexico for Oil, Gas Drilling

Today, as the Biden Administration offers more than 80 million acres of the Gulf of Mexico for oil and gas leasing, Gulf and environmental groups vow to continue their legal challenge to stop this commitment to decades of greenhouse gas emissions.

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Killing the Keystone XL Pipeline
Killing the Keystone XL Pipeline

After over a decade of grassroots opposition and legal hurdles, the Keystone XL pipeline has finally met its demise.

Stopping Fossil Fuel Drilling of Public Lands and Waters
Stopping Fossil Fuel Drilling of Public Lands and Waters

Along with nearly 600 other groups, we urged Biden to make good on his campaign promise and issue an executive order to halt new fossil fuel leasing as part of his climate agenda.

Canceling the Atlantic Coast Pipeline
Canceling the Atlantic Coast Pipeline

This project ended because of the activists taking to the streets and making it clear that we will not stand by while fossil fuel projects poison the bodies, land, air and water of Indigenous, Black and Brown communities.

Halting a Pipeline in its Tracks
Halting a Pipeline in its Tracks

Organizations like Friends of the Earth US—and our international partners at Friends of the Earth Canada—called attention to this project’s dangerous consequences since it was first announced.

Ending Dangerous Nuclear Power
Ending Dangerous Nuclear Power

Since Friends of the Earth was founded 40 years ago, we have been the United States’ leading voice opposing nuclear energy and exposing the real dangers of nuclear power plants.

Shutting Down Diablo Canyon
Shutting Down Diablo Canyon

For 40 years, Friends of the Earth has been a leading voice in the U.S. in opposing nuclear reactors. In the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster, it is clear that there can and must be a thorough debate on our energy future and the need to move beyond this dangerous…

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Big Oil and Gas’s Cheap Public Lands and Water Leases Shell Game
Big Oil and Gas’s Cheap Public Lands and Water Leases Shell Game

President Biden is about to break his promise to end new lease sales in a big way, opening 80 million acres of the Gulf of Mexico to drilling

A Climate of disinformation: Haters gonna hate, but social media companies force us to listen
A Climate of disinformation: Haters gonna hate, but social media companies force us to listen

Americans should demand that Facebook take a few simple steps to show they are serious about combatting disinformation.

A climate justice user’s guide to the Manchin energy infrastructure bill
A climate justice user’s guide to the Manchin energy infrastructure bill

Look no further than Senator Joe Manchin’s Energy Infrastructure Act of 2021. This bill has Exxon’s fingerprints all over it.

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