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Petitioning Shell, Indianoil , Bharath petroleum, Hindustan petroleum, Essaroil

Bring fuel prices under GST.

Please spare time and read carefully. After Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan recently said that GST Council should consider bringing the petroleum products in the ambit of GST, questions are being asked as to whether the government will accept the idea or not. The retail price of a litre of petrol exceeds due to the levy of central and excise duties. Furthermore, by adding company margin and other costs, the price charged to a petrol pump dealer is the total cost of fuel is being fixed. Assuming that the government brings petrol prices under 12 percent GST bracket, then petrol price could come down to Rs 38.1 in Delhi while at 18 percent, petrol price will come down at 40.05 a litre. If the government pushes petrol to highest GST tax bracket of 28 percent, then it will cost Rs 43.44 per litre in the national capital. Similarly, if government brings diesel prices under 12 percent GST bracket, then it will be sold at around Rs 31 in Delhi. At 18 percent GST, diesel will cost around Rs 33 while at 28 percent GST, it will cost around Rs 37. The above calculations are assumptions-based on current prices of petrol (hovering around Rs 70-71/litre) and diesel (58-59/litre). Amidst comments and criticism by opposition parties of a sharp rise in oil prices after the daily rate revision mechanism was introduced by the government recently. When asked about bringing oil under the Goods and Services Tax (GST), Pradhan said that he hoped that it might be brought under the GST. "It will extend enormous benefit to customers.

Rama Krishna
2,630 supporters
Petitioning Walmart, HEB, Target, Shell

Save The Sea Turtles by Banning Plastic Bags!

According to the Sea Turtle Conservancy website, “Over 100 million marine animals are killed each year due to plastic debris in the ocean. Currently, it is estimated that there are 100 million tons of plastic in oceans around the world. It is expected that another 60 billion pounds will be produced this year alone”. We all have seen plastic bags tumbling in parking lots, fields, and streets but do we really understand the damage they may have? These plastice bags tumbling along eventually find storm drains that lead to rivers and creeks and are eventually carried out to our oceans. Floating through the water they look very similar to jellyfish especially to sea turtles. These sea turtles diet consists mostly of jellyfish, so they are prone to trying to swallow this plastic. These bags then get trapped in their stomachs (this is because sea turtles have downward facing spines which prevent regurgitation) and make it impossible for these creatures to properly swallow food. This is fatal to these animals. Today, six out of seven sea turtles are on the threatened or endangered list.  So what can we do? Reusable bags or paper bags are much healthier for the environment! Aside from being deadly to marine life, a plastic bag can take up to 1000 years to decompose! A paper bag only takes 1 month! Since 2013 Alameda County in California, along with many other communities around the world, has banned the use of plastic bags in stores. Costumers are not charged to use paper bags and reusable bags only cost 10 cents each! The results have been tremendously effective, but more communities and stores are needed to make a larger impact! So let’s do away with these lethal plastics and help our environment and marine friends! Let’s challenge our stores to do what’s right! LET’S BAN PLASTIC BAGS! 

Maya Clark
2,285 supporters
Petitioning United Nations Member States, Multilateral Development Banks, African Union Youth Envoy, Donors and country partners of the Central African Forest Initiative, Shell, Total, eni

Save the Congo basin peatlands from oil exploration and corruption

Born of lies and corruption, plans to drill for oil in one of the planet’s most critical carbon sinks could release a climate time-bomb of carbon dioxide. The Congo Basin, home to the world’s second largest tropical rainforest after the Amazon, is often referred to as the world’s second lungs or Africa’s lungs. At its heart is Cuvette Centrale (Central Basin), where the world’s largest tropical peatlands lay hidden until their discovery in 2014. The Cuvette Centrale peatlands store an estimated 30 billion tonnes of carbon, “equivalent to three years worth of fossil fuel emissions”. Rich in nature, Cuvette Centrale is more valuable if left untouched to thrive. It is a vast expanse of green forest and lush wetlands, home to rich and diverse biodiversity, and the indigenous and local populations that rely on the basin’s resources for their livelihood. Preserving these peatlands is essential to protecting both the social and ecological benefits, with the latter playing a critical role in international efforts to keep the global average temperature increase well below 2˚C in line with the Paris Agreement. Despite the urgent need to protect the Cuvette Centrale, it is the latest target for oil exploration with a backstory rife with dirty deals. An investigative report by Global Witness, Der Spiegel and Mediapart, in conjunction with the European Investigative Collaborations media network reveals concerning findings behind the outdated Environmental Impact Assessment, wildly exaggerated claims of vast oil reserves, and several serious corruption red flags. Congo’s Environment Minister Arlette Soudan-Nonault has claimed that the oil block named Ngoki - ‘crocodile’ in the local Lingala language - “is not in the peatlands”. However, the environmental impact assessment for the drilling was based on studies carried out in 2013 - a year before scientists discovered the vast peatlands in 2014. As it turns out, the Ngoni oil block could contain over 6000 square kilometres of peatland, which if drained for oil drilling could release more carbon dioxide than Japan’s total annual emissions - 1.34 gigatonnes. In August 2019 Petroleum Exploration and Production Africa (PEPA), spearheaded by Congolese oil baron Claude Wilfrid “Willy” Etoka who has close ties to the country’s presidential family, announced that the deposits under Cuvette Centrale could contain hundreds of millions of barrels of oil - enough oil to quadruple the Congo’s oil production and drag the country out of corruption-linked debt.  However, even oil giants Shell and Total rejected offers to invest in 2015. Evidence reveals that the size of the oil reserves was severely embellished, and that the project may not even be economically viable. Opening up this climate critical carbon sink to oil exploitation holds high risks of oil spills that threaten the Congo basin ecology, as well as further rampant deforestation to make way for access roads and oil pipelines. Draining the Congo’s peatlands for oil would also make it impossible to meet global Paris Agreement emissions reduction targets. Furthermore, investors could end up being stuck with stranded assets as the world transitions to a just and low-carbon economy.  The record drop in oil prices during the COVID-19 pandemic is one example, serving as a stark reality check for what happens when demand for fossil fuels fall. Based on the findings of the investigation by Global Witness, Der Spiegel and Mediapart, in conjunction with the European Investigative Collaborations (EIC) media network, and their recommendations, the African Climate Reality Project strongly urge that: 1. Oil majors, including but not limited to Shell, Total, and ENI, must publicly state a strict commitment to not invest in oil exploration anywhere in or around the Congo Basin, on environmental grounds; 2. Banks must increase and improve their transparency policies, and publicly report on all potential risks for financing or providing supporting services to industrial developments anywhere in or around the Congo Basin; 3. Banks must introduce and implement a strict and infinite moratorium on lending to all new fossil fuel projects, and declare that carbon sinks such as tropical rainforests and peatlands are sensitive areas, and rule out all investments that have the potential to lead to the destruction of these regions; 4. The Central African Forest Initiative Partner Countries (Central African Republic, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon), Donor Countries and Organisations (European Union, France, Germany, Norway, United Kingdom, Netherlands, South Korea), as well as South-South Partners (Brazil), must demand the termination of any oil and mining projects anywhere in or around the Congo peatland well ahead of 2025 when the Congo peatlands will be granted a special legal protected status; 5. The African Union Member States, as well as the Member States of the United Nations, must adopt legislation that bind all companies and financiers to report on due diligence to identify, mitigate, and prevent human rights and environmental risks associated with their operations and investments, and be held accountable to these. --- This petition is being led by the African Climate Reality Project under Sink Our CO2, the campaign aimed at creating awareness around forest management, restoration, and protection as carbon sinks, and inspire people to plant and protect trees. Please add your voice to this call to protect the planet's carbon sinks!

African Climate Reality Project
1,585 supporters
Petitioning BCUC , Competition Bureau, EMPR , MLA Jordan Sturdy, Mayor Karen Elliott, MP Patrick Weiler, Chevron, Shell, Petro Canada, Husky , Krissy Van Loon, Bruce Ralston

Fight Unfair Gas Prices in Squamish

Squamish consumers are being ripped off at the pump.  Squamish gas stations have a retail margin 406% higher than the national average, according to the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) Inquiry into Gasoline and Diesel Prices in British Columbia report (2019).  Gas prices in Squamish are higher than in any neighbouring community, even though nearby Vancouver includes a 18.5-cent per litre tax surcharge that Squamish is not subject to. The effective price difference when incorporating the tax, is that local prices can be up to 29.5 cents per litre more than Vancouver. A recent long-weekend saw prices 21 cents per litre higher than Pemberton.  We understand that businesses, including gas stations, need to make money to continue to operate. However operating at such extremely high prices for essential services and products is not in the best interest of the community. Instead, it only serves to line the pockets of the station owners, at the expense of the Squamish consumers.  Frustratingly, stations in Squamish refuse to compete against each other, and have chosen instead to align their prices together well above any other stations in the Lower Mainland.  Many consumers who live and work in Squamish do not have the luxury of a 70km+ round trip to shop for gas elsewhere so are being held to ransom by the Squamish stations and forced to pay the excessively high prices.  This petition calls for elected representatives to protect their constituents, and investigate the price fixing and price gouging that is occurring.   At the time of writing, pricing in different areas are as follows:Squamish: 125.9 centsVancouver: 112.9 - 116.9 (includes a 16 cent tax)Whistler: 117.9Pemberton: 119.9

Geoff Waterson
1,519 supporters