Dear President Biden:
Thank you for pausing all new lease sales which enable offshore oil and gas polluters. This bold action is a vital step in tackling the climate crisis and creating thousands of new, clean energy jobs that will help power America into the future. Your executive order will help protect our coasts from the dangers of offshore oil drilling and the devastation of climate change, all while paving the way for thousands of good paying American jobs in clean, renewable energy.
As you know, our climate is in crisis, with sea levels rising and devastating extreme weather accelerating. Ending new leasing for offshore oil and gas is critical to avoiding even worse impacts from climate change. In fact, if made permanent, the policy could prevent over 19 billion tons of greenhouse gas emissions and more than $720 billion in damage to people, property and the environment. Our economy and our families cannot afford more drilling and its associated climate pollution.
And the benefits do not stop there, your action not only helps deliver on your commitment to address climate change but also protects the roughly 3.3 million American jobs and $250 billion in GDP through activities like tourism, recreation and fishing.
Thank you, President Biden, for taking this critical step to pause all new offshore drilling. With permanent offshore drilling protections, instead of worrying about oil spills ruining our coastal economy we can look forward to new, good paying jobs from clean energy, like offshore wind and solar.