For Immediate Release
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President Biden Must Put His Money Where His Mouth Is
Promises Regarding Public Lands to Be Kept in Order to Be a Global Leader in Climate, Clean Energy, and Healthy Communities of Color and Indigenous People
On Nov. 2, 2021, the White House announced Biden’s plans to reduce methane emissions, stating these are “bold actions consistent with his vision that tackling the climate crisis is not just an imperative, but one of the greatest economic opportunities of our time. When he thinks of climate, he thinks of jobs – and he knows that decisive actions will deliver for economies and jobs back home.”
By the same token, President Biden announced in August, he would start the re-opening of public lands and waters for oil leasing. A 180-degree turnaround from his Jan. 27, 2021 executive order directing the Department of the Interior to “pause new oil and natural gas leasing on public lands and offshore waters, concurrent with a comprehensive review of the federal oil and gas program.” A move many in the environmental and environmental justice movements call a “broken promise.” JTA and CFJWJ agree.
“This does not sound like a President who wants to lead the world on climate policy and with the intent of creating healthy, sustainable and safe jobs in Indigenous, Black, Brown and low-income communities—let alone save our planet from extinction,” Just Transition Alliance Executive Director José Bravo says. “This appears more like two-faced posturing to protect business as usual. Claiming to spearhead efforts on methane reduction while re-opening doors to exploit public lands and waters for fossil fuel extraction—instead of investing in a renewable energy economy, this appears like more oil and gas subsidies.”
Climate Justice Program Manager of Central Florida Jobs with Justice Carlos Torrealba adds, “Meanwhile billions of dollars pour yet again into the hands of corporate oil executives—limiting opportunities for workers, and perpetrating financial dependence of communities on industries that contaminate, pollute, and cause long-term health impacts and crime.”
JTA Strategy Advisor Ananda Lee Tan spells out the delegation’s demands:
“We will not stand for any more false promises made at COP 26. For just transition strategies to succeed at tackling climate change, they must be led by local mandates of workers and communities whose lived experience, knowledge of place, and embodied skills provide us the best guidance to: a) safely dismantle today’s broken, global economic order; b) build thousands of local, living, caring and sharing systems that align with the Earth’s complexity, and c) help future generations navigate the myriad of storms, floods, fires and droughts headed their way.”
On Nov. 6, 2021, the Workers and Communities for Just Transition delegation will be marching with thousands of climate, environmental justice, Indigenous rights and Black liberation organizations from around the world at Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow, for the Global Day of Action. It proudly joins its larger organization, It Takes Roots, which includes sister alliances Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, Climate Justice Alliance and Indigenous Environmental Network.
“Fossil fuel production on public lands causes about a quarter of U.S. greenhouse gas pollution. Peer-reviewed science estimates that a nationwide federal fossil fuel leasing ban would reduce carbon emissions by 280 million tons per year, ranking it among the most ambitious federal climate policy proposals in recent years.
“Oil, gas and coal extraction uses mines, well pads, gas lines, roads and other infrastructure that destroys habitat for wildlife, including threatened and endangered species. Oil spills and other harms from offshore drilling have done immense damage to ocean wildlife and coastal communities. Fracking and mining also pollute watersheds and waterways that provide drinking water to millions of people.
“Federal fossil fuels that have not been leased to industry contain up to 450 billion tons of potential climate pollution; those already leased to industry contain up to 43 billion tons. Pollution from the world’s already producing oil and gas fields, if fully developed, would push global warming well past 1.5 degrees Celsius.”
About Just Transition Alliance
The Just Transition Alliance was founded in 1997 as a coalition of environmental justice organizations and labor unions. Together with frontline workers and community members who live along the fence-line of polluting industries, we create healthy workplaces and communities. The Just Transition Alliance is a 501(c)3 organization based in San Diego, California. Learn more at http://www.jtalliance.org.
About Central Florida Jobs with Justice
Central Florida Jobs with Justice is a local coalition of labor unions, community organizations, faith and student groups that convene on strategies to achieve economic justice for workers within the state of Florida. Through research and community organizing, Central Florida Jobs With Justice promotes collective bargaining rights, employment security, and a decent standard for all workers within the state of Florida. Learn more https://cfjwj.org/.