Feb 1 – That’s a wrap – for now! Just a quick final post on this thread to report back: Yesterday we wrapped up the last of our solidarity actions with Appalachians Against Pipelines; and Today frontline leaders from the Gulf joined leading members of Congress in celebrating the Biden administration’s pause on LNG exports. You can find more photos and videos of both on our Facebook page and other social media accounts – and a quick reminder to follow us on social media if you want to get updates that way.
If you missed our earlier emails – you can click here for a report back and social media posts from the AAP solidarity actions earlier this week, click here for a report back on first action in New Orleans on January 19, or scroll down for more info on the Biden administration’s Pause on new LNG export licenses, and the whole saga of actions and events this month as we took it to the streets to stop climate killing fossil fuel exports – including the Feb 6-8 events that we canceled after last week’s victory. And, as always, if you value this kind of action, organizing and events, you can chip in here to support all the the actions and organizing last month.
Here’s a video of the LNG press conference today in Washington DC:
Jan 26 update – The Biden administration has announced a pause on new LNG export permits, starting with the CP2 project, pending review of their impact on the climate and other factors. Congratulations to all who worked hard on this, especially our frontline friends from Texas and Louisiana. Because of this announcement, those same frontline leaders have also canceled the planned protest Feb 6-8 in Washington DC. This will not impact the Mountain Valley Pipeline, or our plans to take action next Monday-Wednesday in solidarity with AAP. Click here to learn more about taking action next week.
More details about the LNG pause
It’s an amazing (partial) victory that was made possible by the tireless campaigning of frontline leaders, and activists like all of you who wrote letters, signed petitions, disrupted FERC meetings and much, much more. There are a ton of articles and reactions out there, so click over to our twitter feed (gross, we know, but it’s still the best place to see breaking news without a paywall) and scroll through our recent retweets for a sense.
A couple of important caveats: First and most important: This is a pause, not a cancelation or change in policy – yet. So we need to keep fighting to get the Biden Administration to reject fossil fuels and stop approving new fossil fuel infrastructure – the Feb 6-8 event is canceled, but we will keep fighting. Second, only Department of Energy permits will be covered by the pause, so it’s still possible that FERC will consider or approve new LNG infrastructure, including CP2, in the weeks ahead. We’ll still be going to FERC meetings and planning actions to speak out. And finally, only methane exports are covered by this pause, which means that domestic gas infrastructure like the MVP can still be proposed or approved. And that brings us back to the AAP solidarity actions happening next week! I also made a quick video and posted it on our socials to explain and you can watch that below or at any of our accounts.
Jan 22, 2024 – I just got back from New Orleans, where we helped plan and execute an action on LNG exports at the America’s Energy Summit (AES). The AES is like a who’s-who meeting of fossil fuel corporations and their enablers in finance and government and our actions helped it shut down early, and under-attended! Click here for a full report back with photos and videos, or just watch this exciting video, which was filmed at our event, to get excited for the next protest at the US Department of Energy Feb 6-8 in Washington DC.
RSVP to join us in DC feb 6-8 for our next big action with James, Roishetta, and lots of other folks. And, if you can make it, chip in here to support the actions all this month happening in New Orleans, DC, and across turtle island (North America).
Jan 11 original message – Late last year we highlighted the problem with fossil fuel exports, particularly Liquefied “Natural” Gas, or LNG. Quick recap below if you’re just tuning in. But more than 300,000 people, including a lot of you, have already signed petitions and sent letters to President Biden, the US Department of Energy (DOE) and to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
And we’re getting clear signals that the message to stop fossil fuel exports is being received. FERC delayed its decision on the CP2 LNG export facility last year, and news reports indicate the Biden Administration is “reconsidering” its policy on fossil fuel exports.
Now is the perfect moment to take the streets and demand President Biden follow through with a clear and bold action to end the era of fossil fuels fast, fair, and forever. As I foreshadowed in my last message of the year, we’ve already got three events planned for the next four weeks, and I’m inviting everyone who can to join us.
If you’re close enough to New Orleans, meet us at the America’s Energy Summit January 16-19. The AES is like a who’s-who meeting of fossil fuel corporations and their enablers in finance and government.. No RSVP required, but check out the flier to find out more and meet us 10amCT at Jackson Square on the 19th.
- Can’t make it to New Orleans with us next week? Chip in here to support the action and our organizing all this month to challenge fossil fuel infrastructure.
- Wherever you live, you can plan an action with Appalachian’s Against Pipelines January 29-31 that targets the companies and investors behind the Mountain Valley Pipeline. Ready to take action? Here’s the links you need to get started:
- First, finding a solidarity target near you;
- Then, get your crew together and plan an action. Need help? Use this toolkit, or come to the next training this Sunday, Jan 14th at 5pm EST,
- Finally, spread the word using this Social Media Toolkit.
- Last (chronologically), but certainly not least: Frontline leaders from the fight to stop CP2 and across turtle island are calling us to take action with them at the US Department of Energy headquarters in DC this Feb 6–8, 2024. Ready to take action?
- Read the invite letter from frontline leaders and commit to taking action in solidarity, and following the frontline leadership, with these folks.
- If you haven’t already, send a comment directly to FERC and DOE telling them to say no to CP2 and ALL new LNG exports.
- RSVP to join us in DC – instructions will follow soon with details on housing, food, training, and other logistics
The US is making some (not enough!) progress on reducing demand for fossil fuels, and replacing polluting sources of energy with clean renewables — mostly thanks to the Inflation Reduction Act. But at the same time domestic renewables are up, so is fossil fuel extraction, refining, and especially exports.
In fact, President Biden has approved so much new fossil fuel infrastructure, that the pollution is more than offsetting the climate progress he’s made – causing the US to become a global leader, in the wrong direction, on climate pollution.
That’s why we asked you to send a bunch of letters and sign a bunch of petitions opposing the CP2 fossil fuel export facility in particular, but also the idea of expanding fossil fuel exports and infrastructure in general. And it’s really worked! More than 300,000 people, including a lot of you, have already signed petitions and sent letters to President Biden, the US Department of Energy (DOE) and to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
And we’re getting clear signals that the message to stop fossil fuel exports is being received. FERC delayed it’s decision on the CP2 LNG export facility last year, and news reports indicate the Biden Administration is “reconsidering” it’s policy on fossil fuel exports.
But, as we said at the end of the year, delay is not the same as denial. And so far President Biden and team are only “considering” a policy change on that one fossil fuel – LNG exports; There’s no indication that President Biden is any closer to ending all oil and gas drilling on public lands and waters, as he promised; Nor that he’s about to declare a climate emergency, which would be an essential step to ending exports of crude oil, another fossil fuel.
Which is why we’re still keeping the pressure on President Biden and his Administration to do the right thing, and why we’re escalating early this year with a series of high-profile, non-violent, direct actions to make the pressure as intense and un-bearable as possible.
So, scroll on back up there and RSVP for one or more of the upcoming events. If you can’t make it, chip in here to support those who are taking action, and our ability to support them with digital tools, training, and logistics.