A group of community leaders from the Gulf Coast backed\u0026nbsp;by a diverse coalition kicked off a new campaign this week demanding President Joe Biden stop fossil fuel exports to help put the brakes on the climate crisis and \u0022build an economy that works for people, not polluters.\u0022\u0022Fossil exports shifts the burden to those least able to transition, reduces domestic resources, and increases our dependence, while further endangering coastal communities,\u0022 said John Beard, founder and CEO of the Port Arthur Community Action Network.\u0022We must stop the fossil fuel madness,\u0022 he added.One of the first acts of the Stop Fossil Fuel Exports campaign—part of a \u0022Defend the Gulf\u0022 week of action which began Monday—was to deliver a letter calling on Biden to declare a national climate emergency and reinstate the ban on crude oil exports. The letter was signed by hundreds of organizations including Sierra Club, Another Gulf Is Possible, and Global Witness.The 2015 lifting of that ban, along with fracking boom, is to blame for the rise in oil and gas exports, the groups say.The letter also calls on the Biden administration to stop gas exports to \u0022the fullest extent possible\u0022 and reject any permits for fossil fuel infrastructure.The US can\u0026#039;t lead on climate as the world’s largest fossil fuel dealer. That’s why Gulf Coast residents and 230+ groups are urging President Biden to #StopFossilFuelExports! Tell the President what’s what at https://t.co/eCqnAl3DuU#DefendTheGulf #BuildBackFossilFree pic.twitter.com/WsflbVBEts— Earthworks (@Earthworks) April 19, 2021Beyond oil and gas, the letter notes that the \u0022U.S. is a net exporter of coal, one of the dirtiest fossil fuels.\u0022 In addition to stopping coal exports, the groups further urge the administration to stop \u0022overseas finance for fossil fuel exports and infrastructure.\u0022\u0022The United States must be a global leader in advancing climate, racial, and economic justice, end the era of fossil fuel exports, and build back fossil free, delivering jobs, justice, and opportunity for all,\u0022 the letter says.The launch of the campaign comes as Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) are set to reintroduce their Green New Deal resolution in Congress on Tuesday and ahead of an international summit on climate hosted by President Biden, which begins Thursday.The new campaign\u0026#039;s website makes a four-part case for stopping fossil fuel exports.First off, the fossil fuels worsen the climate emergency, and the \u0022U.S. can\u0026#039;t be a climate leader if it\u0026#039;s also the world\u0026#039;s largest fossil fuel dealer,\u0022 the campaign says.The exports are also \u0022bad for jobs,\u0022 the campaign argues, because while Big Oil is enjoying profits, the companies are cutting jobs and lobbying against a clean energy transition.Fossil fuel exports worsen U.S. security as well, the campaign argues. \u0022We need to build an energy system that keeps the lights on when climate disasters strike,\u0022 the campaign says alongside a photo of icicles hanging from a ceiling fan in Texas in February amid widespread power outages after Winter Storm Uri struck.Further driving the campaign are the adverse impacts on frontline communities of fossil fuel export infrastructure and operations, which local organizers say \u0022pollute our air, poison our drinking water, and put our families at risk,\u0022 organizers say.Such impacts are well known to people like Diane Wilson, a fourth-generation shrimper and environmental activist. Two weeks ago, she began a hunger strike at the waterfront of Lavaca Bay, Texas to protest an oil export dredging project in the mercury-contaminated Matagorda Ship Channel.HUNGER STRIKE DAY 13 well, riding on a pony into Day 13. Days and nights a little rough, but during the day I’m raring to go. Somebody told me it was the adrenaline. (1/3) #StopTheDredging #StopOilExports pic.twitter.com/wtzU9ZoCtp— Diane Wilson #StopTheDredging Hunger Strike DAY 13 (@unreasonabledw) April 19, 2021\u0022I am risking my life to stop the reckless destruction of my community,\u0022 Wilson said in a statement. \u0022Oil and gas export terminals like the project I am fighting pollute our air, water, and climate—only to pad the pockets of fossil fuel CEOs.\u0022\u0022The Biden administration needs to stop the dredging and stop oil and gas exports,\u0022 said Wilson.Another Gulf resident and advocate calling for Biden to enact the bans is Melanie Oldham of Citizens for Clean Air and Clean Water in Freeport, Texas—a community she notes is facing two oil export projects, the Sea Port Oil Terminal and Texas GulfLink.In a statement, Oldham called attention to what she said was \u0022a dramatic disconnect between President Biden\u0026#039;s climate and environmental justice ambitions, and the reality of our oil and gas exports market run amok.\u0022\u0022To protect our communities and make good on his promises, Biden needs to end fossil fuel exports now,\u0022 she said.