The war in Ukraine is a stark illustration of how fossil fuels directly enable global conflict and threaten democracy in addition to driving the climate emergency. Enormous earnings from oil and gas exports provided Putin with the hard currency needed to fuel his invasion of Ukraine. President Biden took a necessary first step by halting imports of Russian oil, gas, and coal — but lasting peace and global stability demand bolder climate leadership.
That’s why Build Back Fossil Free, a growing movement of over 1100 groups organizing for President Biden to use his executive authority to speed the end the era of fossil fuel production, protect communities from the climate emergency, and repair the harm caused by fossil fuels – alongside 200+ climate, Indigenous, social justice, religious, foreign policy, and progressive groups – is urging the Biden administration to continue to resist bad faith attempts to lock in future fossil fuel exploitation and dependence by invoking the Defense Production Act (DPA) to ramp up the deployment of renewable energy and stop existing fossil fuel infrastructure to ensure a just transition off fossil fuels.
Amidst the backdrop of the latest dire Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, the need to transition off of fossil fuels has never been more urgent. This is a critical moment to stand up to the false narrative being spread by the fossil fuel industry that we need to increase oil and gas production in response to surging energy prices, and demand that the President instead lead a just transition off fossil fuels once and for all.
Biden can deploy his executive powers to weaken the geopolitical power of fossil fuels, address the climate emergency, and prevent further mass suffering and death by invoking the DPA to produce alternatives to fossil fuels, fight the climate emergency, combat Putin’s stranglehold on the world’s energy economy, and support the transition to a renewable and just economy.
MESSAGING GUIDANCE & ACTION TOOLKIT:
Responding to the Climate Emergency + War in Ukraine
How to use this guide
|Tier 1– I don’t have much time||Use our sample tweets and graphics to help spread the word on social media. Share our message with your networks and help spread the word that now is a critical moment to scale up renewable energy.|
|Tier 2– I have a few minutes||Add your name to our petition calling on Biden to use the Defense Production Act (DPA) to rapidly accelerate the transition off fossil fuels once and for all – then share with three of your friends!|
|Tier 3 – I can give an hour or so |
|Use our LTE guidelines to draft your own Letter to the Editor. We’ll provide a template, talking points, and guidance on how to get it published. The more placements we can get, the further we can spread the message and drive pressure on Biden!|
These posts can also be used on Facebook/Instagram by replacing @POTUS with @JoeBiden.
Share one of these graphics (or a few!) to accompany your post(s) on social:
Share one of these news stories (or a couple!) to accompany your post(s) on social:
Connecting climate & Ukraine
Calling for MORE RENEWABLES
Pushing back against big oil
While we’re paying high prices at the pump, who do you think benefits? Big Oil. They’re raking in their highest profits in nearly a decade.