Keep It In the Ground: Happening Now - Climate Updates from Oregon's Senator Jeff Merkley

Climate Updates from Oregon's Senator Jeff Merkley
Dear Friend,

I have some big news --

Today, the White House announced that the Department of Interior would halt new leases for coal production on public lands until further studies about the environmental impact of continuing coal production have been completed.

This is a significant step in the right direction.

A new coal lease can lock in 30 to 50 years of additional coal mining, so ending new leases for coal is a great place to start.

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The science is clear: if we want to prevent catastrophic climate change, we have to keep the vast majority of known fossil fuel reserves in the ground rather than extracting and burning these dirty fuels.

That's why last year, I introduced the Keep It in the Ground Act that would end all new leases for coal, oil, gas and tar sands extraction on federal public lands permanently.

The time is right to transition rapidly from a fossil fuel economy to a clean energy economy, and that means keeping fossil fuels like coal in the ground. These reforms represent a breakthrough moment for American leadership in the fight against climate change.

Read more here >> "Merkley Statement on New Halt to Coal Leasing on Public Lands"

I look forward to working with my colleagues to build support to Keep It in the Ground when it comes to fossil fuels on public lands.

All my best,
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