The amount fossil fuel-reliant communities require to decouple from the federal leasing program pales in comparison to the bailouts the failing fossil fuel industry receives. As we build back better, we should build back with new protections for communities tied to fossil fuel extraction that foster a safer, healthier, and more economically secure future.
As the US continues to lead the world in COVID-19 infections and deaths, Big Oil is looking to cash in on the policy response to the crisis. While frontline workers make due without hazard pay or protective gear, the domestic oil and gas industry is using its considerable lobbying muscle to secure a massive windfall at the expense of workers, taxpayers and the climate. Big Oil is not letting the coronavirus go to waste.
Shareholders should encourage Duke Energy and Dominion Energy executives to re-evaluate the prudence of pouring billions of dollars more into the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP). Current events demonstrate that it is time to change course.
On behalf of our millions of members and activists nationwide, we write to you with deep concerns about the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act released by Leader McConnell. This legislation is a monumental failure of conscience and leadership during a moment of national crisis. As organizations and communities committed to social, economic, and environmental justice, we urge you to improve it immediately.