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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Number Date Name Location
19941 12 hours ago Ibn-Umar Abbasparker Sayreville, NJ , US
19940 22 hours ago Marcelo Thurman Chicago, IL , US
19939 24 hours ago Andrew Weaver CA, CA , US
19938 1 day ago Anonymous east, PA , US
19937 1 day ago Suzanne E. Webster Roberson Downingtown, PA , US
19936 3 days ago Julia Schebach Hornstein, ot , AT
19935 4 days ago Elin Pierce Great Falls, MT , US
19934 4 days ago Sandra flemisch Dossenheim , ot , DE
19933 5 days ago Lida Stevenson OR, OR , US
19932 5 days ago Isaac Wollman San Luis Obispo, CA , US
19931 6 days ago MERI ROEDER WI, WI , US
19930 6 days ago Ronald Adams La Salle, CO , US
19929 7 days ago wanda abel lacrescent, MN , US
19928 7 days ago Anonymous Fort Worth, TX , US
19927 7 days ago Carla Cole Seattle, WA , US
19926 7 days ago Claudia Reed FL, FL , US
19925 7 days ago Tatiana King Massachusetts, MA , US
19924 7 days ago raju gupta LONDON, AL , GB
19923 7 days ago Tracey Dunlap Washington, WA , US
19922 7 days ago Edward Kanaley Coatesville, PA , US
19921 7 days ago Anonymous Houston, TX , US
19920 7 days ago MARIA LUISA WELLS miami, FL , US
19919 7 days ago Naveen Chilakapati India, IA , IN
19918 1 week ago Dirk Obudzinski San Francisco, CA , US
19917 1 week ago Genevieve Gates Culver City, CA , US
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Please take action by June 30, 2016.

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