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People's Petition to Cap Carbon Dioxide Pollution at 350 Parts Per Million

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Prominent climate researchers have warned that we must reduce the level of atmospheric carbon dioxide to 350 parts per million (ppm) or below in order to stabilize climate change and avoid global catastrophe. The Center for Biological Diversity, along with Bill McKibben's group 350.org, is advocating strongly for this necessary standard.

While carbon dioxide isn't the only global warming pollutant we need to control, it's the number-one contributor to climate change.

Please join us in moving toward a real solution to the climate crisis by calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to do its job as science, the law and common sense require.

Sign the People's Petition to Cap Carbon at 350 Parts Per Million today.

Several lines of evidence show that allowing atmospheric carbon dioxide levels to remain above 350 ppm for a sustained period of time will lead to dangerously acidic oceans, runaway global warming, and melting of the polar ice caps. Such a climate would be well outside anything experienced in the history of the human species, and would carry with it irreversible cascades of species extinctions and significant dangers for human civilization.

What's needed is an immediate reduction of atmospheric carbon dioxide, with the goal of an overall concentration of 350 ppm or less to be achieved as quickly as possible. To accomplish that, the Center supports the rapid phasing out of all coal-fired power plants; the highest technologically feasible vehicle-mileage standards; and a ban on extreme energy development like Arctic drilling, tar sands and fracking, among other critical measures.

I support the legal petition filed by the Center for Biological Diversity and 350.org to the EPA to cap atmospheric carbon dioxide levels at 350 parts per million -- the level science says is necessary to avoid the worst impacts of global warming -- under the Clean Air Act.

For four decades, the Clean Air Act has protected the air we breathe through a proven, successful system of pollution control that saves lives and creates economic benefits exceeding its costs by many times. It's time to fully use one of our strongest existing tools for reducing greenhouse gas pollution: the Clean Air Act.

Now is the time to enforce the Act, not gut it. I urge you to move swiftly to grant the petition and enforce the Clean Air Act.

Respectfully,

Dr. James Hansen, Climate Scientist
Bill McKibben, Founder 350.org, Author
Ed Begley, Jr., Activist /Actor
Bonnie Raitt, Musician / Activist
Barbara Kingsolver, Author
Doug La Follette, Wisconsin Secretary of State
Dr. Helen Caldicott, Anti-Nuclear Activist
ChiQ Simms, Navigation Foundation
Dr. Michael Dorsey, Director- Sierra Club National Board
Brock Evans, President- Endangered Species Coalition
Dinah Bear, Attorney-at-Law
Curtis Moore, Author and former Republican Counsel, Committee on Environment and Public Works, U.S. Senate
Dr. Thomas Lovejoy, Biodiversity Chair, Heinz Center
Dr. Niles Eldredge, Curator in the Department of Invertebrates, American Museum of Natural History
Dr. John Terborgh, Research Professor Emeritus and Director, Center for Tropical Conservation, Duke University
Jonathan Baker, Co-founder, Sol Sage
Joshua Beckman, Poet
Kate Bernheimer, Author
Elise Blackwell, Author
Adam Braver, Author
Alan Cheuse, Author
Ron Currie, Jr., Author
Kathryn Davis, Author
Alison Deming, Author
Jay Driscoll, of band Barefoot Truth
Rikki Ducornet, Author
Ben Edlund, TV Writer and Comic-book Artist
Jennifer Egan, Author
Daniel Handler, Author
Oliver Houck, Author and Professor of Law, Tulane University
Alex Irvine, Author
Anna Lappe, Author, Small Planet Institute
Jonathan Lethem, Author
Victor Lodato, Author
Alec Loorz, Founder, Kids vs. Global Warming
Victoria Loorz, Co-Founder, Kids vs. Global Warming
Ben Marcus, Author
Lydia Millet, Author
Rick Moody, Author
Jenny Offill, Author
Zyg Plater, Professor of Law, Boston College Law School
Dr. Melissa Savage, Professor Emeritus, University of California Los Angeles
Aurelie Sheehan, Author
Darcey Steinke, Author
Darin Strauss, Author
Donna Tartt, Author
Lynne Tillman, Author
Fred Tomaselli, Artist
Harvey Wasserman, author of SOLARTOPIA! Our Green-Powered Earth, A.D. 2030
Don Waters, Author
Eric Zencey, Visiting Associate Professor of Historical and Political Studies, Empire State College
Luanne Rice, Author
Mike Tidwell, Director, Chesapeake Climate Action Network
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110980 Sat Jul 22 19:12:04 EDT 2017 Dat Tran
110979 Sat Jul 22 12:02:00 EDT 2017 Misha George
110978 Sat Jul 22 03:54:14 EDT 2017 Robert Burger
110977 Fri Jul 21 21:01:09 EDT 2017 Katherine Weesner
110976 Fri Jul 21 16:09:50 EDT 2017 Mary Dederer
110975 Fri Jul 21 11:20:30 EDT 2017 James Tillotson
110974 Fri Jul 21 11:16:38 EDT 2017 James Tillotson
110973 Fri Jul 21 07:59:30 EDT 2017 Karma SamtenLhamo
110972 Fri Jul 21 00:04:17 EDT 2017 mauricio carvajal
110971 Fri Jul 21 00:00:48 EDT 2017 mauricio carvajal
110970 Thu Jul 20 22:25:13 EDT 2017 Connie Williams
110969 Thu Jul 20 21:07:28 EDT 2017 Eleanor Smithwick
110968 Thu Jul 20 18:20:48 EDT 2017 Kevin Rycheck
110967 Thu Jul 20 17:33:36 EDT 2017 Gerrit Crouse
110966 Thu Jul 20 16:46:20 EDT 2017 Anonymous
110965 Thu Jul 20 16:29:46 EDT 2017 Joseph Etheredge
110964 Thu Jul 20 16:18:44 EDT 2017 Chris cramer
110963 Thu Jul 20 15:35:20 EDT 2017 Jack Dunham
110962 Wed Jul 19 22:15:53 EDT 2017 gloria alonzo
110961 Tue Jul 18 14:13:08 EDT 2017 mercy myers
110960 Tue Jul 18 12:21:46 EDT 2017 Seb Villani
110959 Mon Jul 17 19:35:55 EDT 2017 Eileen LEVIN
110958 Mon Jul 17 13:30:54 EDT 2017 Andrew Sutphin
110957 Mon Jul 17 13:30:54 EDT 2017 Andrew Sutphin
110956 Fri Jul 14 15:49:31 EDT 2017 Dina Scott
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