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Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) offers hope in combating the danger of Climate Change. Support this important initiative!


Fossil fuel pollution poses a grave threat to our planet and the delicate balance of life that sustains it. The extraction and combustion of fossil fuels release greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide (CO2), into the atmosphere1. These greenhouse gases trap heat and contribute to the alarming rise in global temperatures, causing climate change. The consequences of this environmental upheaval are far-reaching and include extreme weather events, rising sea levels, loss of biodiversity, and disruption of ecosystems.

But the dangers of fossil fuel pollution extend beyond climate change. Studies show the release of toxic pollutants, such as sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx), and particulate matter, has severe implications for public health2. These pollutants can lead to respiratory problems, cardiovascular diseases, and even premature death. Vulnerable communities, including low-income neighborhoods and marginalized populations, bear the brunt of these health impacts, perpetuating social and environmental injustices.

In the face of this dire situation, there is a glimmer of hope in the form of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technologies3. CCS offers a solution to reduce the amount of CO2 released into the atmosphere by capturing it from industrial processes or power generation, transporting it, and storing it safely underground or in other geological formations. By effectively removing CO2 emissions, CCS helps to mitigate the impact of fossil fuel pollution and combat climate change.

Researchers and experts have long recognized the viability of CCS as a solution to curb power-plant emissions. Pilot plants worldwide have successfully trialed the technology, demonstrating its potential4.

The Biden Administration's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has informed operators of the main fossil-fuel power plants in the United States that they must reduce their carbon footprint by at least 90% if they want to continue operating after 20405. Without proper incentives or regulations, it has been more cost-effective for industries to emit carbon rather than invest in CCS. However, the proposed EPA rule could change this equation.

The EPA's proposal serves as a critical stepping stone towards a cleaner energy future. It sets the stage for further advancements in CCS technology and opens doors for innovation and improvements. The regulation also aligns with other ongoing efforts to transition to renewable energy sources, as the price of renewable energy continues to decline.

If implemented, this rule will not only demonstrate the United States' commitment to phasing out conventional fossil fuel facilities but also serve as a powerful example for other nations to follow6.

One opportunity for future revenue lies in the development of carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) projects. CCUS not only captures CO2 emissions but also finds productive uses for the captured carbon. CO2 can be utilized in various ways, such as enhanced oil recovery, the production of building materials, or the creation of valuable chemicals7. By creating economic incentives for CCUS projects, we can foster innovation, job creation, and sustainable economic growth while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Furthermore, international collaboration and knowledge sharing are crucial in accelerating the deployment of CCS technologies. By working together, sharing best practices, and supporting developing countries in adopting CCS, we can amplify the global impact of these technologies and ensure a more equitable transition to a low-carbon future8.

By embracing carbon capture and storage methods, we can make a meaningful impact on reducing fossil fuel pollution. The EPA's proposed rule is a significant step forward, signaling a commitment to cleaner energy production and a safer, more sustainable future. It is up to us to support these initiatives, demand stricter regulations, and advocate for the widespread adoption of CCS technology.

Join us in our fight against fossil fuel pollution and be a part of the solution. Together, let's make carbon capture and storage a reality and pave the way for a sustainable and resilient planet. Sign the petition and take action!

More on this issue:

  1. ClientEarth Communications (18 February 2022), "Fossil fuels and climate change: the facts."
  2. Tze-Ming Chen, Janaki Gokhale, Scott Shofer, Ware G Kuschner, The American Journal of the Medical Sciences (April 2007), "ClientEarth Communications."
  3. Vincent Gonzales, Alan Krupnick, and Lauren Dunlap, Resources for the Future (6 May 2020), "Carbon Capture and Storage 101."
  4. CarbonBrief (7 October 2014), "Around the World in 22 Carbon Capture Projects."
  5. United States Environmental Protection Agency (11 May 2023), "EPA Proposes New Carbon Pollution Standards for Fossil Fuel-Fired Power Plants to Tackle the Climate Crisis and Protect Public Health."
  6. Ruby Russell, Deutsche Welle (29 March 2028), "Carbon capture: Expensive, risky – and indispensable?"
  7. Nancy W. Stauffer, MIT Energy Initiative (21 July 2022), "Turning carbon dioxide into valuable products."
  8. Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, Gov.uk (25 January 2017), "Accelerating Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Technologies (ACT)."
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The Petition:

To the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency,

I am writing to express my strong support for the Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) plan proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). As a concerned citizen deeply committed to addressing the pressing challenges of climate change and environmental degradation, I believe that CCS represents a crucial solution to mitigate fossil fuel pollution and pave the way for a cleaner and more sustainable future.

Fossil fuel pollution poses a grave threat to our planet's delicate balance of life. The extraction and combustion of fossil fuels release greenhouse gases, which contribute to rising global temperatures, extreme weather events, sea-level rise, loss of biodiversity, and the disruption of ecosystems. The consequences of inaction are devastating for both our environment and future generations.

The EPA's proposed CCS plan offers a glimmer of hope in the face of this dire situation. By capturing CO2 emissions from industrial processes and power generation, transporting them, and safely storing them underground or in geological formations, CCS can effectively reduce the amount of CO2 released into the atmosphere. This technology represents a critical step forward in combating fossil fuel pollution and climate change.

I applaud the EPA's recognition of CCS as a viable solution to curb power-plant emissions. The successful trials of CCS technologies in pilot plants worldwide have demonstrated its potential and effectiveness. Although challenges exist, such as equipment problems and economic considerations, I firmly believe that with further research, development, and proper incentives, we can overcome these obstacles and unlock the full potential of CCS.

Furthermore, the EPA's leadership in implementing policies and regulations for CCS is crucial. As the agency responsible for mandating technologies used at individual power plants, the EPA can play a pivotal role in driving the adoption of CCS across industries. By strengthening existing standards and developing new ones, the EPA can incentivize the widespread adoption of CCS, setting an example for other nations to follow and accelerating the global transition to a low-carbon future.

Moreover, the development of carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) projects presents additional opportunities. By not only capturing CO2 emissions but also finding productive uses for the captured carbon, such as enhanced oil recovery, production of building materials, or creation of valuable chemicals, CCUS can foster innovation, job creation, and sustainable economic growth while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

I urge the EPA to wholeheartedly support and advance the CCS plan, recognizing its potential to mitigate the impact of fossil fuel pollution and combat climate change. This critical step forward aligns with ongoing efforts to transition to renewable energy sources, ultimately securing a cleaner, healthier, and more sustainable future for all.

Thank you for your dedication to environmental stewardship and for considering my perspective. I trust that the EPA, under your guidance, will continue to prioritize the adoption of CCS and take bold action to address the urgent challenges we face.

Sincerely,

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