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Friends of the Earth released three climate-themed movie trailer parodies of Christmas classics to end a campaign about the Biden administration's public lands giveaways to the fossil fuel industry. (Photo: Friends of the Earth/screenshot)

Campaigners Say Biden 'Deserves Lump of Coal This Christmas' for Broken Climate Promises

Twelve days of "Biden's Oily Christmas" events conclude with classic holiday movie parodies.

Jessica Corbett

Friends of the Earth on Monday concluded its campaign calling out U.S. President Joe Biden for breaking his promise to end new leasing of public lands and waters to fossil fuel companies with the release of three parody movie trailers based on classic Christmas films.

"It's time for President Biden to live up to his promises to the American people."

The trailers mark the environmental group's final action as part of the "Biden's Oily Christmas" campaign, which kicked off on December 2 with climate-emergency-themed carols and spanned a dozen days, inspired by the well-known song "The 12 Days of Christmas."

The videos—A Christmas Barrel, Biden Baby, and A Wonderful Lie, parodies of A Christmas Carol, Santa Baby, and A Wonderful Life—will play on eight mobile billboard trucks across Washington, D.C. from 9 am to 5 pm local time on Monday.

Watch A Christmas Barrel:

Watch Biden Baby:

Watch A Wonderful Lie:

Along with carolers crashing the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony to launch the campaign, actions over the past 12 days have included leaving sidewalk messages outside the White House and the Interior Department building in D.C., releasing climate emergency and public lands movie posters, and activists dressing as "Santa Biden" to deliver gifts to fossil fuel industry lobbyists at the American Petroleum Institute.

"President Biden promised to be the first president of the United States to comprehensively address the growing climate crisis. But instead, his Interior Department failed to fully address climate in its recent report on oil and gas leasing and is plowing forward with new lease sales that wreck our public lands and exacerbate climate change—all while enriching Big Oil CEOs," said Nicole Ghio, senior Fossil Fuels Program manager at Friends of the Earth.

Climate campaigners have slammed the November Interior report as a "shocking capitulation to the needs of corporate polluters" and demanded details by filing public records requests about its development as well as the administration's auction for the Gulf of Mexico, which occurred last month despite Biden's pledge as a presidential candidate.

"The Biden administration deserves a lump of coal this Christmas for all its broken promises on climate and our nation's public lands," Grio said Monday. "This holiday season, we're demanding urgent action to put the U.S. back on track. It's time for President Biden to live up to his promises to the American people, and that means halting all new oil and gas lease sales."


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