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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NEW REPORT: Pallone’s Clean Energy Standard fails to decarbonize the energy sector by 2035

A new report commissioned by Friends of the Earth finds substantial concessions to polluters in the CLEAN Future Act, the legislation from Chairmen Pallone and Tonko of the House Energy and Commerce Committee purporting to achieve 100 percent clean energy by 2035.

FOE calls on Congress to pass Keep It in the Ground Act

Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Representative Jared Huffman (D-CA-2) reintroduced the Keep It in the Ground Act today, which would end new fossil fuel leasing on federal lands and waters.

Civil society groups release “Fair Shares NDC” model for revised U.S. climate action pledge under the Paris Agreement

Today, environmental, environmental justice, and international development groups are releasing the “Fair Shares Nationally Determined Contribution” (“Fair Shares NDC”) laying out the measures the United States should commit to carrying out to do its “fair share” of the global effort to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C,

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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.

Stopping Dirty Energy Projects
Stopping Dirty Energy Projects

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

Stopping the Gateway Pacific Coal Terminal
Stopping the 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.

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The beginning of the end of fossil fuels

This victory shows that the fossil fuel industry is in its last gasps, clinging  to anything to remain viable.

Fighting for my community

Yesterday, I was arrested outside the Supreme Court alongside nine other activists and pipeline fighters for taking a stand against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

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.

Resources See All
  • USA Fair Shares Nationally Determined Contribution
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  • Closing the Dirty Energy Gap
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  • Letter on CLEAN Future Act
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