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Residents demand no new offshore oil leases in Gulf of Mexico

For the first time ever, hundreds of Gulf Coast residents are joining forces with local and national environmental and social justice groups to oppose a federal offshore fossil fuel lease sale in the Gulf of Mexico.

The proposed lease of 43 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico to develop as much as 965 million barrels of oil and 4 trillion cubic feet of natural gas is the largest single offering by the Obama administration.

The coalition recently sent a letter to President Obama requesting the sale’s cancellation as it prepares for a March 23 demonstration at the Superdome, where the bids will be announced.

The letter, signed by 47 groups, states that sales of publicly owned fossil fuels contribute significantly to global carbon emissions and counteract the Obama administration’s pledges to accelerate the transition away from fossil fuels.

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