I just want to make sure you saw my email about Lisa Murkowski's plan to open up millions of acres of federal lands to oil and gas drilling. Today the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee will hold another hearing on her the bill, and it could be voted on this summer. Murkowski's bill now has 13 co-sponsors including Climate-Denier-in-Chief Senator James Inhofe.
President Obama just made an historic announcement with the richest nations in the world to build a fossil-fuel-free economy by the end of the century.1 But Lisa Murkowski has a different plan: She wants to suck up as much oil as possible and burn it all, no matter what the climate consequences. She claims that lifting the 40 year oil export ban is necessary to create jobs and boost the economy. But she's not slick -- her bill is nothing more than a handout to Big Oil.
Scientists tell us that to fend off the worst effects of climate change, two-thirds of proven fossil fuels must remain underground and unused.2 If Murkowski's bill passes, it will increase oil and gas extraction nationwide, and supercharge the market for dirty fossil fuels. That's why we can't let this bill slide through the Senate. Contact your senators today and tell them to keep the oil export ban intact.
Thanks for taking action,
P.S. You can read the full email from last month below.
Senator Lisa Murkowski wants to squeeze every drop of oil from our land and waters to sell overseas. But this hostile Oiligarchy would increase global warming and gas prices. Tell your senators that the ban on crude oil exports must stand!
Our environment is also under attack from Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chair Lisa Murkowski (R-AK): Last week Murkowski announced that she will sponsor a bill to lift the ban on exporting crude oil and, in her own words, "look for every opportunity we have to advance it."1
Murkowski has already attempted to attach the bill as an amendment to less-than-related legislation including free trade bills and legislation about Iran's nuclear program. For all her talk about how lifting the ban would be good for the U.S. economy, the true reason for her greasy gumption is to help out her fellow OILigarch sponsors reign in profits by destroying our planet. But don't take my word for it, just listen to the Big Oil executive who said, "If we can sell oil overseas and capture an extra few bucks a barrel we can go back to pumping even more crude."2
We need to tell our senators that The Ban Must Stand. Click here to tell your Senators to vote "No" on any bill or amendment that would lift the oil export ban?
This is no time to lift a ban that would result in increased extreme extraction activities that would further threaten critical resources like water, agricultural lands and our air quality.3 President Obama has already granted approval to drill in the Atlantic and Arctic oceans4, and last week we found out that global carbon dioxide in our atmosphere has exceeded 400 parts per million -- a critical benchmark that scientists have warned would result in even more extreme weather events like droughts and flooding.
Add this to the fact that leading scientists claim that 80 percent of fossil fuels must stay underground to limit global temperature increases,5 lifting the ban would contribute to a perfect storm (pun intended) and make our trajectory to climate catastrophe even more acute.
Here's how you know that lifting the export ban is a bad idea: Even a spokesman for a Big Oil company stated, "If Senator Murkowski hopes to pass an energy bill, it would be wise not to make oil exports as part of that package. Senators are going to be less likely to vote for it if that's in it - they don't want to risk being blamed for gas price increases." So there you have it, even Big Oil admits that lifting the ban would be bad for the economy.
The verdict is in on lifting the oil export ban. It's bad for our oceans, lands, air quality and economy. This is your chance to be a judge in this case. Contact your senators today and tell them to keep the oil export ban intact.
Thanks for all you do,
Anthony for Environmental Action
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