As a lifelong California resident, I urge CARB to make sure that
any climate change plans going forward should restrict fossil fuel
expansion – both domestically and globally.
We need to commit California to a policy and regulatory agenda
that ensures that California refineries are not sourcing crude from
regions where there are Indigenous rights violations or from
regions where new oil drilling in the Amazon is being planned.
I am shocked that California consumes nearly 50% of all oil
exports from the Amazon globally (nearly 1 in 9 gallons pumped
in-state on average).
As extraction communities in California and Indigenous
communities both face ongoing oil spills and pollution, it’s
important that the state doesn’t rely on increasing domestic
production in order to reduce its use of Amazon crude. We need a
just and sustainable future that doesn’t involve fossil fuel
expansion at home or in the Amazon.
I call for stronger policies to end U.S. and California's
complicity in new oil drilling in the Amazon once and for
all. We must commit to new fuel efficiency standards and
expanded electrification of fleets.
Thank you for taking my comments into consideration.