Further, in addition to the greenhouse gases and toxic chemicals routinely emitted from their extraction activities, the report notes that 12 of the top leaseholders “have been responsible for major environmental disasters,” including “offshore oil spills, explosions, pipeline ruptures, household water contamination, abandoned mines, and Clean Air and Clean Water Act violations.”

Earlier this month, more than 400 organizations sent a letter to Obama calling on him to stop new leasing of public lands for fossil fuel development, arguing that the cost of further development “to our land, climate, and communities is too high.”

“The science is clear that, to maintain a good chance of avoiding catastrophic levels of warming, the world must keep the vast majority of its remaining fossil fuels in the ground,” the groups wrote. “Federal fossil fuels—those that you control—are the natural place to begin.”

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The U.S. government is entrusted with the stewardship of nearly 650 million acres of public land and more than 1.7 billion acres of Outer Continental Shelf. An estimated 67 million acres of these lands are already leased to the fossil fuel industry.

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