To the 2016 Candidates for President of the United States:

As a candidate for president of the United States, it is imperative that you take a strong stand on the overriding challenge of our time: confronting the growing danger of climate change. To affirm that you are serious about taking on the climate crisis and standing up to the corrupting influence of fossil fuel companies, we call on you to take the following pledge:

In the name of protecting our country and the world from the growing dangers of climate change, I will neither solicit nor accept campaign contributions from any oil, gas or coal company.


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... maybe don't take money from the companies that are driving the climate crisis?

The next President of the United States is going to have to take bold, rapid action on climate change. We can't wait another four years.

If humanity is to have a fair chance of limiting global warming to 2 degrees Celsius -- the internationally agreed upon target -- then we need to keep 80 percent of fossil fuels underground, unburned.

Meanwhile, fossil fuel companies continue to use their vast wealth and influence to confuse the public and maintain the status quo. Oil, coal and gas companies donated tens of millions of dollars to candidates in 2012 alone -- a number that amounts to pocket change for multi-billion dollar companies, but reaps them a stupendous return on their investment.

We need to keep fossil fuels in the ground. How can we trust that Presidential candidates will take the kind of bold action needed, if they're already beholden to the fossil fuel industry? If we’re going to believe politician’s assurances, we need to know that they’re not taking campaign contributions from the very industry that’s driving this crisis.

Sign on to join The Nation and 350 Action as we call on the 2016 presidential candidates to refuse campaign contributions from fossil fuel companies. Click here to read The Nation's editorial on getting fossil fuel money out of our election.

UPDATE: Bernie Sanders, Jill Stein, and Martin O'Malley have already taken the pledge to refuse fossil fuel industry campaign contributions!