As Trump’s cabinet members go back and forth to defend an outrageous budget to Congress, one thing has become clear: Trump’s agenda is the most pro-fossil fuel, anti-regulatory agenda in recent history. His cuts to the EPA’s budget, his executive orders that harm the environment, and the cabinet he’s stacked with Wall Street and oil executives send a loud message: the federal government is open for business for the oil and gas industry.
Our communities and our climate can’t wait for Trump and his pro-corporate cabinet to come around. We need to transition to 100 percent renewable energy to ensure we have a healthy planet, and we need our elected officials to get on board – now. That’s why Food & Water Action has doubled down on our core strategy to fight the oil and gas industry: working at the local level. We know we can win when we fight locally – because we’ve been doing it for years, with some huge victories:
- In March, we banned fracking in Maryland! That makes it the third state to ban fracking after years of grassroots organizing.
- We never let up in New York, pushing Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2014 to ban fracking in the state of New York. We helped form New Yorkers Against Fracking, which contributed to the massive grassroots movement in the state—eventually getting Governor Cuomo to listen to our demands.
- Connecticut has passed local ban after local ban of fracking waste, and the coalition continues to build power to push the state to pass a full fracking ban.
- In Pennsylvania, thanks to months of organizing, Governor Tom Wolf killed the Southport Refinery in Philadelphia – a clear rejection of fossil fuels and their expansion at the site.
- We helped push federal regulators to reject a proposal for a pipeline at Jordan Cove LNG terminal in Coos Bay, Oregon! And Food & Water Action’s work with the statewide coalition isn’t over yet—we’re still fighting to make sure any fossil fuel expansion in state is shut down.
- In December, we helped force the oil and gas industry to withdraw its application to build the Pinon Pipeline in New Mexico—a huge victory, protecting not only the Navajo communities the pipeline would’ve cut through, but also slowing down oil and gas development throughout the state.
And we’re nowhere close to finished. Our new campaign, Off Fossil Fuels, is giving people the tools they need to get involved. We’re using the momentum we’ve gained in our wins in Maryland and New York to push for statewide fracking bans in Florida and California. And people across the country are now engaging in fights everywhere using our online tools – even if there isn’t a campaign close to them.
Together, we’ve already built a huge community of people across the country who want to protect the planet from fossil fuels and corporate greed. And with each local and state victory we win, we send a powerful message to our elected officials – they need to stand up with us.
With your help, we’ll be able to keep winning more huge victories for our climate. You can join us in the fight against Big Oil & Gas, wherever you are – just sign up at offfossilfuels.org to get started!