Petition - Tell Obama to Keep Fossil Fuels in the Ground!

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2016 is another record year for climate change. The science is clear: we must keep fossil fuels in the ground in order to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.

Fracked gas is yet another fossil fuel keeping us on a path toward even more dramatic climate change.
President Obama can’t continue to ignore the climate-related effects of methane from fracked gas or the danger that keeping us addicted to fossil fuels will cause.

If President Obama wants to be a leader in curbing the global climate crisis, he must stop issuing leases for fossil fuel extraction on federal land.

Sign below to send a message to President Obama to keep fossil fuels in the ground!

Learn more about fracking

Fracking and other unconventional methods of extracting oil and natural gas come with intensive drilling and mining, massive amounts of toxic waste, air pollution and pervasive infrastructure that threatens our essential food and water resources.

To frack a well, operators mix millions of gallons of water with tens of thousands of gallons of chemicals, including some known to cause cancer, and then pump it all into the earth at extreme pressure to try to break up rock formations so oil and natural gas might flow.

Drilling and fracking:

  • require millions of gallons of water for each well, competing with farmers for local water supplies.
  • produce massive amounts of toxic and even radioactive waste with no good disposal options.
  • contaminate sources of drinking water as a result of disposal problems and the thousands of leaks and spills every year.
  • can lead houses and water wells to explode, due to contamination from methane and other harmful gases.
  • bring untold costs to local communities, from declines in agriculture, real estate and tourism to road damage, public health problems and increased demand for social services.
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Dear President Obama,

I call on you to use your executive authority to stop new leasing of the remaining fossil fuels on federal land.

Your leadership is necessary to ensure a livable climate and planet for both present and future generations.

[Your Name]
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