Center for Biological Diversity

Tell Obama: Declare Climate Emergency, Ban Oil Exports

President Obama Following the signing of the historic Paris Agreement, President Obama has a chance to take real climate action by declaring a "national emergency" and banning all U.S crude oil exports. More than 350 environmental, social-justice, health and faith organizations have urged him to do just that. Now you can join them.

As global temperatures hit record highs, climate change is unquestionably a national emergency. In fact, it's a "global emergency," according to renowned climate scientist Dr. Jim Hansen.

The president must halt crude exports to give America -- and the world -- a fighting chance to meet the Paris Agreement's crucial goals of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Halting U.S. oil exports could prevent up to 500 million tons of greenhouse emissions -- the pollution equivalent of more than 135 coal-fired power plants -- from entering our atmosphere. Stopping these exports would also curb the dangerous U.S. fracking boom.

Last December, less than a week after agreeing to the Paris climate accord, President Obama signed an omnibus bill lifting a 40-year-old ban on crude oil exports. This was a grave mistake, even if the bill was "must pass." But fortunately there's still a way forward: President Obama can declare a national emergency and prohibit exports for a one-year period, which can be renewed indefinitely.

Please sign our petition calling on the president to declare a climate emergency, reinstate the ban on crude oil exports, and keep fossil fuels in the ground. 


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22636 56 minutes ago Andi Delorenzo Setauket, NY , US
22635 1 hour ago Chantal Geest State *, ot , BE
22634 1 hour ago Michael Tavaglione Seaside Hts , NJ , US
22633 2 hours ago Lary McKee Oregon, OR , US
22632 2 hours ago ARLEN TUCKER atlanta, GA , US
22631 3 hours ago ARLEN TUCKER atlanta, GA , US
22630 3 hours ago Anonymous NY, NY , US
22629 4 hours ago Anonymous birmingham, ot , GB
22628 5 hours ago Natalia Kuznetsova Shchekino, ot , RU
22627 9 hours ago Andrea Giolli Aurora, CO , US
22626 10 hours ago Kathleen Anton Saint Paul, MN , US
22625 11 hours ago Eric Firchow Austin, TX , US
22624 13 hours ago Stephen Alley CO, CO , US
22623 15 hours ago Angela Jensen 1514, WA , US
22622 15 hours ago Jessica Lensbower Chambersburg, PA , US
22621 15 hours ago Karla Everett San Jose, CA , US
22620 15 hours ago Michael Lawler NM, NM , US
22619 15 hours ago Perry Gx CA, CA , US
22618 15 hours ago Jennifer Clements WI, WI , US
22617 16 hours ago Katrine Quinn Vermont, VT , US
22616 16 hours ago Neal Wegener Parker, CO , US
22615 16 hours ago David Wolf Philadelphia , PA , US
22614 16 hours ago Michelle Carr Charlotte, NC , US
22613 16 hours ago Michelle Carr Charlotte, NC , US
22612 16 hours ago Suzanne Daley QLD, ot , AU
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Please take action by June 30, 2016.

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