Target: U.S. President Barack Obama
Goal: Applaud Obama’s decision to delay the fossil fuel auction.
The Obama administration has decided to forestall a fossil fuel auction that involved selling the rights to government land to excavate fossil fuels. This decision could have been spawned from the climate talks that occurred in Paris or possibly from the numerous protests on the subject. As Jason Kowalski, the policy director of 350.org stated, “Keeping fossil fuels in the ground has quickly become the new standard for climate leadership. The Obama administration clearly recognized that it couldn’t present itself as a climate leader in Paris if it was peddling fossil fuels at home.” Praise the Obama administration for stalling this fossil fuel action that would just fuel the dirty fossil fuel industry in America.
Thanks to the Climate Conference in Paris, there’s a two degree limit in place now, which means we cannot allow the planet to heat up over two degrees Celsius. Even within that two degree limit, we can expect to see mass extinctions of about 20 to 30 percent of species, wildfires to increase 400 to 800 percent in size, hurricanes to increase two to eight percent in intensity, freshwater availability to decline by 20 percent, and many more disastrous effects, according to several studies conducted by the National Research Council, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and the World Bank.
Under the “Keep Fossil Fuels Underground” movement, thousands of potential protesters had promised to stand together against the fossil fuel auction that was planned for December 10th, 2015. Studies have suggested that in order to prevent further climate disasters, 80 percent of fossil fuels must remain in the ground. Thankfully, the Obama Administration has decided to delay the fossil fuel auction. Kowalski explained the momentum of this new movement, stating, “the win against the Keystone XL pipeline has energized a ‘keep it in the ground’ movement across the United States and around the world. You’ll see many more protests like this over the year ahead–especially that we now have such clear evidence that they work.”
Our efforts to fight against fossil fuels is working, but we must not give up now. The auction has been delayed for March, and we should ensure that there is another wave of protests before the auction can unfold. Praise the government for delaying the auction but continue to fight to save our planet.
Dear President Obama,
We want to thank you for your important decision to delay the fossil fuel auction. We honor your stance in the France Climate talks and we want to encourage this trend of taking a stand to end our overlong addiction to fossil fuels.
We’re sure you’re aware of the threats of increased temperatures. Mass extinctions, wildfires, and catastrophic storms are in our future as well as millions of human lives could be displaced or lost. We need your power and your integrity now more than ever. As you said during the climate talks, “there is such a thing as being too late. That hour is almost upon us.” Don’t let it get that late. Don’t let that hour come. Continue to fight against fossil fuels.
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