I have previously discussed how important it is for the US Environmental Protection Agency to revisit and revoke the EPA Endangerment Finding for Greenhouse Gases issued in 2009. To date the USEPA has not decided to do so. I have suggested how anyone who pays electric bills can petition the USEPA to do this. What follows is a press release by one group that recently sent a supplement of an earlier petition. This supplement reflected primarily new 2017 research and provides the necessary new research results that justify a revisit and revocation. I do not know for sure whether others have submitted such petitions with a somewhat similar basis other than one from the Competitive Enterprise Institute and the Science and Environmental Policy Project on February 17 (as updated February 23), which was previously published by Inside EPA. In addition, the Texas Public Policy Foundation has recently submitted a Petition to EPA based on a different basis.
Key Points of New Press Release:
1. Just released, with even more definitive research findings that make it even more certain that CO2 is not a pollutant but rather a beneficial gas that should not be regulated.
2. If the Endangerment Finding is not vacated, whether the current administration likes it or not, it is certain that electric utility, automotive and many other industries will face ongoing EPA CO2 regulation.
3. This scientifically illiterate regulation will raise energy prices thereby reducing U.S. economic growth and jobs.
The Concerned Household Electricity Consumers Council announces that on May 8, 2017 it filed with EPA a Supplement to the Council’s January 20, 2017 Petition asking the Agency to reconsider the scientifically invalid Endangerment Finding on which all Obama-era greenhouse gas regulations are based. The Supplement may be found here.
The Council’s original Petition demonstrated that the Endangerment Finding is nothing more than assumptions that have each been disproved by the most relevant empirical evidence from the real world. The original Petition was substantially based on a major peer-reviewed 2016 scientific paper by James Wallace, John Christy and Joseph D’Aleo (Wallace 2016) that analyzed the best available temperature data sets and “failed to find that the steadily rising atmospheric CO2 concentrations have had a statistically significant impact on any of the 13 critically important tropical and global temperature time series data sets analyzed.” The full text of Wallace 2016 may be found here.
The Supplement to the Petition now brings to the attention of EPA new developments, since the date of the Petition, that render the invalidation of the Endangerment Finding yet more definitive. First among the new developments is a new extensively peer reviewed April 2017 Research Report, also from Wallace, Christy and D’Aleo (Wallace 2017). Wallace 2017 can be found here.