Petition Seeking A Phaseout of New and Removal of Legacy Fossil Fuel Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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CPR Initiative is pleased to provide supporters with a prefile review copy of our draft Petition. Please have a read, at least the executive summary (page 3), below.

Additional background is contained in a recent blog post by CPR Initiative’s General Counsel Dan Galpern.

If you are inclined to review the entire petition, please note, Part I of the petition covers the relevant law and provides the main petition argument, while Part II of the petition covers select scientific and economic considerations.

We welcome constructive feedback, observations and related thoughts, especially from those of you with relevant expertise. Please feel free to email us at info@CPRclimate.org or use our contact form to submit your message (preferably before January 20th).

Then mark your calendar for Thursday, January 13, at 12 noon (pacific time) as Dan will provide a special Zoom conference session for all CPR Initiative supporters. Please stay tuned to register, and come with your questions and comments.

— At a Glance —

This Petition demands that EPA phase out dangerous GHG emissions, but also to compel oil, gas and coal companies to clean up their mess. How so? By removing excess “legacy” carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH2) in the air – or else paying into a carbon removal fund to ensure that happens.

Under existing law (including the Toxic Substances Control Act) the EPA is required, in response to our Petition, to determine if fossil fuel GHG emissions present an imminent and unreasonable risk of serious or widespread injury to health or the environment.1Specifically, here, the Petition demands that EPA commence rulemaking aimed at phasing out fossil fuel GHG emissions and a cleanup of excess legacy GHG emissions in the atmosphere and oceans. If so, then the Agency needs to take action “to the extent necessary” to ensure that these chemical substances no longer present such risk.

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    Specifically, here, the Petition demands that EPA commence rulemaking aimed at phasing out fossil fuel GHG emissions and a cleanup of excess legacy GHG emissions in the atmosphere and oceans.