05:59 GMT09 May 2021
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    A coalition of 350 environmental groups is pushing US President Barack Obama to declare a climate emergency and order an immediate end to all oil exports from the United States, the Center for Biological Diversity announced in a press release on Tuesday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The coalition filed its request as a legal petition, claiming that, “the ban would keep millions of tons of greenhouse gas pollution from escaping atmosphere and worsening the climate crisis.”

    “President Obama must halt crude exports to give us a fighting chance to meet the Paris Agreement’s crucial climate goals,” the Center’s staff attorney Jean Su said. “The president has the legal authority to reverse the terrible mistake he made in approving an end to the longstanding ban on crude exports.”

    The petition was timed to precede Friday’s signing at the United Nations of a global warming agreement that was reached in Paris late last year, the release said.

    Obama signed US oil exports legislation, approved by Congress with overwhelming bipartisan support, in December.


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