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Dirty Fuels

We will block the most dangerous oil projects and revoke the oil industry's license to operate above the law and interfere with our nation's transition to a clean-energy future. With conventional oil sources running dry, the industry is pursuing "extreme" sources of oil that are even more polluting. The Sierra Club will:

  • Fight the expansion of tar sands, oil shale, deep-water drilling, and other high-carbon, high-risk fuels. We will protect our coasts, our air, and water.

  • Oppose dangerous pipelines, refinery expansions, and other unnecessary oil infrastructure and ensure that existing oil infrastructure operates only with adequate safeguards and protection for workers, the public, and the environment.

  • Work to level the playing field by eliminating the shortcuts and subsidies that are the only reason that high-carbon, highly polluting forms of oil appear competitive with cleaner alternative-energy sources.

  • Demand federal and state policies that protect our air and water, deter high-carbon fuels, and build the green energy economy.

Aligned against us is the richest, most powerful industry on Earth. Big Oil uses its enormous influence to twist policy -- forcing the public to underwrite extreme oil operations, extreme profits, and extreme politics. But Americans have the power to rein in Big Oil.

The Sierra Club has successfully organized our million-plus members to block expansion of tar sands oil imports. We have effectively lobbied federal agencies, organized grassroots pressure, and litigated to stop extreme oil drilling, mining, pipelines, and refineries. The Sierra Club is standing toe-to-toe with Big Oil. We will revoke the oil industry's license to operate above the law and to interfere with our transition to a clean-energy future. Together, we will move America beyond oil.

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