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Comment 391 for 2022 Climate Change Scoping Plan (scopingplan2022) - Non-Reg.

First NameThomas
Last NameMcKone
SubjectComments on the Draft Scoping Plan Update

I am writing to you as an environmental energy scientist who is now retired but for years was a Deputy Division Leader in the Energy Analysis and Environmental Impacts Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBL) and the founder and leader of the sustainable energy systems group at LBL. Now I write to you as a private citizen. I have been reading through the Draft 2022 Scoping Plan Update and believe there are several ways to strengthen and improve this plan. Climate scientists and energy analysts have increasingly raised the alarm that this decade is our last chance to make significant and meaningful changes in our transportation, energy, building, and other major infrastructure to prevent an irreversible climate catastrophe. In this regard I am disappointed that the Draft Scoping Plan fails to accelerate the targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030 or to achieve carbon neutrality no earlier than 2045. It is simply not good enough to meet the urgency of the climate crisis and the desperate need for bold actions. CARB can and must achieve a more ambitious Scoping Plan that leads to an accelerated pathway to carbon neutrality. This will not only benefit the residents of California but will also provide a model for other states (and perhaps even the US federal government) to follow.


I strongly urge the California Air Resources Board to adopt a more ambitious plan on how our state will combat the most catastrophic impacts of climate change in the crucial years ahead. To accomplish this, CARB must improve the Draft Scoping Plan by accelerating a phase-out of oil refining; not making any more investment in fossil fuel infrastructure; eliminating or significantly reducing our reliance on unproven and costly technologies to prolong polluting fuel sources; pursuing more robust transportation sector targets; and decarbonizing buildings. The escalating climate crisis demands that CARB adopts a more ambitious Scoping Plan, one with the vision and conviction to provide the solutions that are needed to overcome the crisis that we face. Thank you for your consideration.

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Date and Time Comment Was Submitted 2022-06-21 20:55:01

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