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To: President Biden, Congress, U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, White House National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy
Stop climate change. End subsidies for the deadly fossil fuel industry.
These rich corporations have used expensive lobbying and PR campaigns to convince our government that they need our help to burn the planet — and it's worked. That's part of why governments including the U.S. globally give away over $500 Billion in fossil fuel subsidies every year, such as giving away oil and gas on land owned by the U.S. government for pennies on what it would cost these companies to pay for it outright.
Sign the petition demanding that President Biden and Congress immediately end Fossil Fuel subsidies and instead invest that money in communities forging climate solutions.
Why is this important?
The world's climate scientists just sounded a "red alert for humanity."
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the Nobel Prize-winning body that synthesizes and summarizes the state of climate science, released a report today, and their assessment could not be clearer: 1) we are changing the climate in ways that threaten hundreds of millions of lives and are already causing irreversible damage; 2) "the worst is yet to come"; and 3) we must act immediately and on a massive scale to save lives and species from a planet set to spiral out of control.
With so much that needs to change, where do we start?
We start by cutting off warming at the root: We must get off of fossil fuels. Burning coal, oil, and fossil fuels is the top ingredient in the blanket of pollution warming our planet. And right now our tax dollars are actually paying companies like Exxon and Shell to destroy the planet.
Today's IPCC report lays out in brutally meticulous detail what so many of us already know through our daily experience: climate change is here, and it is a life-and-death emergency. Just hours before the report was released, the Dixie fire tearing through California became the state's largest wildfire in history, blanketing the sky with smoke so thick that people in Colorado and beyond had to stay indoors to avoid dangerous air.
The report is a survey of lots of specific climate studies, giving us a view of the whole forest instead of the individual trees in it. So while their findings are startling, they're not surprising to people following along. And it should be no surprise to the companies fueling our warming planet—They've known about their contribution to climate change for decades, but have chosen to pursue a coverup over a makeover.
If we're going to address climate change–and we must—then we have to immediately stop giving taxpayer handouts to fossil fuel companies like Exxon.
Sign the petition: end Fossil Fuel subsidies, invest in climate solutions.