Project Report:
Compelling GHG Pollution Phase Out Under Existing US Law
- Investigates causes tending to destroy or impair the free-market system.
- Explores and develops market-based solutions.


Administrative & public advocacy, research, and legal action as warranted, to secure a strong federal rule pursuant to the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) aimed at phasing out GHG pollution and compelling major sources to remove or pay to remove excess atmospheric CO2, initially incentivized by a rising carbon fee.


The Project relates to the Foundation’s purposes in that present legal structures have enabled major interests, particularly the fossil fuel sector, to treat the atmosphere as a free and open dump for GHG pollution. This has induced a dangerous planetary energy imbalance which, if not reversed, threatens to vastly expand economic instability and immiseration.

Our project takes as given (but not, of course, immutable) central features of the free-market and democratic system and, attempting to work within and make these systems work, demands enforcement of existing bedrock law towards the intermediate goal of imposing a rising fee on CO2 and other GHG pollutants and a longer-term goal of restoring earth's energy balance at a lower average temperature conducive to humanity and nature as we have come to know it.


The scope is largely but not entirely limited to vastly improving climate policy in the United States.

In the event that EPA accepts our Petition we will participate and lead public efforts in the rulemaking process. This will require litigating, as necessary, to defend EPA’s proper determination; pressing for wide public participation, including by deeply impacted communities; developing a strong and deeply-supported set of recommendations; advocating for the same in hearings and in writing testimony; et al.

In the event that EPA rejects our Petition we will aim not to take “no” for an answer. Instead, prepare, file, and prosecute a lawsuit to overturn such a rejection – seeking a remand to the agency and, funding permitting: (i) develop a strong and deeply-supported set of recommendations, and (ii) sponsor (or co-sponsor) public hearings on our own (galvanizing public sentiment for a strong federal effort).

Amounts Approved
$50,000.00 on 10/20/2022 (Check sent: 10/28/2022)
$15,000.00 on 11/10/2022 (Check sent: 11/18/2022)

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Daniel Matthew Galpern
General Counsel and Executive Director, Climate Protection and Restoration

Posted 9/10/2022 11:41 AM
Updated   2/10/2023 3:11 PM

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