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Fossil Fuels

In order to stand a chance of surviving climate change, we need to keep 80 percent of known fossil fuel reserves in the ground. Friends of the Earth stands side by side with communities on the front lines of resisting fossil fuel projects – from extraction, to transportation, to combustion.

In the Pacific Northwest, we work with the Stand Up to Oil and Power Past Coal campaign to put a stop to the oil and coal export boom that threatens our climate and puts our oceans at risk. We support indigenous peoples in resisting fossil fuel projects, such as the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, which endanger the health of their lands and waters. And together with our international network, we support communities around the world in the fight for clean air, healthy ecosystems and a safe climate.


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Latest News See All
Documents reveal ethical lapses at Interior Department

Congress must investigate Bernhardt’s conflicts of interest and hold him accountable for his giveaways to former clients at the expense of the American people.

Senate Democrats release Clean Cars for America plan

By focusing on workers and communities, Senate Democrats’ proposal would help us justly transition away from dirty fossil fuels. This is a winning combination for clean air, the climate and the American people.

Centrist Democratic bills lack leadership and action on climate crisis

With the Senate under Republican control, bills introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives do nothing but send a message. If Democratic centrists stop at half solutions, the climate crisis is only going to get worse.

Impact Stories See All
FERC rejects proposal to prop up dirty energy
FERC rejects proposal to prop up dirty energy

Friends of the Earth is committed to fighting against the Trump Administration’s dangerous, misguided policies on coal and nuclear power.

Stopping the disastrous Gateway Pacific coal terminal
Stopping the disastrous Gateway Pacific coal terminal

Stopping Gateway Pacific was a landmark victory for tribal nations and significantly contributed toward saving the Salish Sea.

Continued Resistance of the Keystone XL Pipeline
Continued Resistance of the Keystone XL Pipeline

A decade later Keystone XL has not been built, and Friends of the Earth remains committed to resisting this dirty pipeline.

Latest Blog Posts See All
Role of carbon tax in Green New Deal
Role of carbon tax in Green New Deal

Climate change is a crisis that needs new thinking. For almost 30 years, the promise of cap-and-trade, carbon markets and faith in capitalism have generated a never-ending debate that has careened toward political inaction.

An Interview with Chloe Maxmin
An Interview with Chloe Maxmin

In 2018, Chloe Maxmin became the first Democrat to win Maine House District 88. Chloe is young Mainer with a background in climate justice and community organizing.

A Green New Deal to Save People and the Planet
A Green New Deal to Save People and the Planet

The real answer to the climate change crisis lies in changing the way we manage, extract, use and distribute Earth’s natural resources.

Resources See All
  • Smoke and Mirrors: Debunking the Doctored Numbers on Long Phu-1 Greenhouse Gas Emissions
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  • Failure to Comply: How Long Phu 1 Violates Funders’ Environmental and Social Policies
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  • Financing Climate Disaster: How Export Credit Agencies Are a Boon for Oil and Gas
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