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

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CPR Initiative serves as the principal sponsor of the forthcoming Petition Seeking A Phaseout of New and Removal of Legacy Fossil Fuel Greenhouse Gas Emissions.

Background concerning the petition is provided in both in a Climate Emergency Forum two-part video series, and in a piercing American Spectator article by the eminent legal scholar E. Donald Elliott.

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.

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— At a Glance —

This Petition demands that EPA render a determination, as is required by existing law, as to whether fossil fuels and resulting GHG emissions impose an unreasonable risk to health and the environment. If so, EPA is required to act until the point that risk is markedly reduced. How so? By compelling both a phase-out of fossil fuels and, with respect the present overburden of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH2), by compelling industry either to remove or else to pay for the removal of such legacy emissions.

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 rule making 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 rule making aimed at phasing out fossil fuel GHG emissions and a cleanup of excess legacy GHG emissions in the atmosphere and oceans.