Over the past year, environmentalists have called for keeping significant stores of the world’s remaining fossil fuel stores in the ground in order to curb climate change — a call that’s backed up by science. Now, a new bill aims to do just that.
Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), along with Senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, introduced a bill in November 2015 that would bar new leases on coal, gas, oil, and tar sands extraction on public lands in the U.S. The bill, titled the Keep it in the Ground Act, would also prohibit offshore drilling in the Arctic and the Atlantic Ocean and prohibit the renewal of leases that haven’t yet produced fossil fuels.
Landmark Climate Bill Would End New Fossil Fuel Leases on federal Lands, The Center for Biological Diversity, 11/5/15
Senators Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) announced landmark climate legislation today to end new federal fossil fuel leasing on public lands and oceans, and cancel existing offshore federal oil and gas leases in the Arctic.
Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a 2016 contender, are launching a long-shot effort to block the federal government from issuing fossil fuel extraction leases on public land. Read more on TheHill.com.
KEEP IT IN THE GROUND: Published on Nov 4, 2015
Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Jeff Merkley and Sen. Patrick Leahy introduced legislation today to help accelerate the transition to clean energy by ending all new federal leases for oil, gas or coal extraction on public lands and waters.
Posted Apr. 22, 2015, Adam Russell
In honor of Earth Day on April 22, 2015, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Representative Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) reintroduced the End Polluter Welfare Act to stop taxpayer-funded giveaways to oil, gas and coal companies. Targeting a range of subsidies for repeal — including tax breaks, loan guarantees, and government-sponsored R&D — the bill would save taxpayers over $135 billion over ten years. See more at: http://www.foe.org/news/