Petition Asks EPA to Cap Carbon Dioxide
The petition seeks to have seven greenhouse gases designated as “criteria” air pollutants, which would require the EPA to set nationwide concentrations, and have CO2 capped at 350 parts per million, “the most CO2 we can have in the atmosphere if we want a planet similar to the one on which civilization developed.”
The petition asserts that under the Clean Air Act (a bipartisan bill signed by a Republican president), “the Obama administration and the EPA have not only the authority, but also the clear legal duty, to take such action as is necessary to set the United States on a course towards reducing atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations below dangerous levels.”
Meanwhile, in Congress, Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) asked EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to hold off any decisions while investigations over leaked emails from the University of East Anglia are completed.
– Suzanne Bopp