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Take action: No Senate deal with Big Oil

Right now, a number of U.S. Senators are trying to make a deal with Big Oil to sacrifice our health, economy, and environment by lifting the current ban on exporting crude oil. Lifting the export ban would mean more oil trains, more oil tankers, more risk of accidents and oil spills. Most importantly, it would take us in the completely wrong direction in our fight to stop climate change. It’s a bad deal. 

Senators from Washington and Oregon are pushing back against this kind of dealmaking. Tell your Senators you appreciate their work, and encourage them to tell their colleagues in other states to stop working on a deal that would lift the crude oil export ban. Please do so using the hotline set up by your brothers and sisters of the United Steelworkers today:  1-877-607-0785 (The line will automatically connect you with your Senator based on your zip code. Calling a second time will result in reaching your other Senator).

The United States banned overseas exports of American-produced crude oil in the 1970s to protect us from shortages and spikes in gas prices. Yet, despite all their claims of caring about ‘energy independence’, Big Oil has made it a high priority to repeal this ban. Their motivation? To make huge profits and put us – our communities, our waterways – at risk.

Tell your Senator today – the American people, our health, our economy and our environment must come before Big Oil’s wish list.  Hotline: 1-877-607-0785

The lifting of the crude oil export ban would mean more oil drilling. More carbon emissions. More risk. And it would represent a step backward, at a time when we should be moving beyond dirty fuels and doubling down on investments in clean energy. Passing this bailout for the oil industry is a terrible idea.

The American people can outplay Big Oil. Call your Senator today at 1-877-607-0785 – there is no deal to be made with Big Oil.

Key talking points:

  • Thank you Senators Cantwell, Murray, Wyden, and Merkley for not negotiating with Big Oil
  • Hold your colleagues to the same line: no lifting of the crude export ban.
  • I oppose ANY deal that lifts the crude oil export ban.
  • The lifting of the ban puts my community and our waterways at risk.
  • The lifting of the ban is bad for our climate.
Joëlle Robinson's picture

Field Director

, Climate Solutions

Joëlle engages citizens and diverse constituencies—faith, health, veteran, youth, parents, sportsmen, business—to make their voices heard for climate solutions. She led local field work collaboration with our partners toward passing a federal climate bill, and is currently working to ensure we stop any coal export from the U.S. West Coast.

Joëlle was the Regional Outreach Coordinator of National Wildlife Federation where she focused on mobilizing hunters, anglers and concerned citizens around solutions to global warming. Previous work with Climate Solutions includes the NW Climate Connections partnership, serving as the Field Assistant for the successful Clean Cars campaign, and Field Director of the Renewable Fuel Standard, which passed in April 2006.

She is a board member of Earth Ministry and on the Advisory Board for the Seattle Area Happiness Initiative. She previously served on the Solar Washington board and Sierra Club Executive Committee.

Joëlle is a Northwest native who loves to hike, bike, dance, paraglide, and travel. Her favorite quote is “Hope is borne of participating in hopeful solutions.” — Marianne Williamson.