Every catastrophic oil spill begins with a lease sale ... and President Biden’s Interior Department just released its five-year plan for offshore oil drilling — which includes proposals for as many as 11 potential offshore leases for oil and gas companies in public waters in the Gulf of Mexico and possibly Alaska.
Risky offshore drilling irreparably harms our coasts, communities, and climate—and a single spill could spell catastrophe for decades.
And while the oil and gas industry is pushing for more drilling in response to rising gas prices, the truth is that they’re already sitting on the rights to drill across 11 million acres of ocean—and only using a quarter of that. And more drilling would have NO impact on the current oil price crisis.
The reality is that leasing our ocean to oil and gas companies will only lock us into the climate-destroying fossil fuels of the past for decades to come — which is exactly what the fossil fuel industry wants — at a time when we need to be rapidly transitioning to 100% clean energy to save our planet.