One week after COP26, and despite our strong objection, President Biden and Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland hosted the largest oil & gas offshore lease sale in US history: 80 million acres of public waters for drilling. This is a clear violation of President Biden’s promises during his campaign, and puts Biden on track to approve more oil and gas drilling permits than Trump.
But it’s not too late for our old friend and ally Deb Haaland to save the day. Secretary Haaland has the authority to reject the bids received for the sale. And under existing laws, the Interior Secretary can also suspend and ultimately cancel a lease at any time if activity would cause serious harm or damage to life, property, or the environment.
We need to demand that President Biden and Secretary Haaland take action right away. If thousands of us make a call this week, we can force the administration to respond. Will you call the Department of the Interior at 866-834-8040 and urge President Biden and Secretary Haaland to to reverse the sale?
You’ll most likely get a voicemail, but not to worry – we promise this is a mailbox checked by Secretary Haaland’s staff. If you’re not sure what to say, try something like this:
“My name is ___, and I live in _____, I am calling to urge President Biden and Secretary Haaland to reject the bids for lease sale 257 in the Gulf of Mexico. This was an illegal sale, and this Administration has the authority to remedy this reckless giveaway to the fossil fuel industry. It’s time for the administration to keep their campaign promises and stand up for environmental justice. Thank you.”
After you’ve made a call, check out this social media toolkit for more ways to take action. And if you’re on twitter (or would like to be) plan to join us on Thursday from 1-4pm Eastern time: we’ll be tweeting at Secretary Haaland and other key officials on the hashtag #StoptheSale.