One hand does not know what the other is doing. The US has just signed the Paris Agreement committing us to seriously cut our greenhouse gas emissions. This is part of the international community's effort to keep global temperature increases below 2 degrees C to reduce the most catastrophic effects of global climate change.
This will not be easy. The International Energy Agency has stated: "No more than 1/3 of proven reserves of fossil fuels can be consumed prior to 2050 if the world is to achieve the 2 degree C goal."
But the new proposed program by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management—which never mentions Global Warming—calls for a dramatic expansion of drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and the Arctic!
BEFORE THE JUNE 16 Public Comment Period DEADLINE, contact the Bureau and ask them to halt all new off-shore fossil fuel leases. Leaving 2/3 of proven reserves in the ground means that dangerous drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico and the Arctic Ocean makes no sense. We need to cut oil drilling and production and the more dangerous places to drill are the best places to cut.
Contact: Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
www.regulations.gov in SEARCH enter BOEM-2016-0003, then click COMMENT
Ms. Kelly Hammerle
Five-Year Program Manager
Docket No. BOEM-2016-0003
BOEM, 45600 Woodland Rd.
VAM-LD, Sterling, VA 20166
[no phone or email]
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Photo: Utah, Lois Barber 2016