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Comment 412 for 2022 Climate Change Scoping Plan (scopingplan2022) - Non-Reg.

First NameStephanie
Last NameHerron
Affiliationcitizen of California

Nothing but extreme measures can combat extreme climate change. 

We have watched the weather get more extreme year by year. I am looking at the forecast for Sacramento this week and see 100+ degrees every day. Droughts are getting worse. When we do get rain, it comes in torrents leading to floods. 

We have allowed ourselves to get distracted by wars, political extremists, and covid to name a few when the real disaster of global warming is being ignored or met with half measures. Half measures are like watching the baby in the bath for the first half of the bath or taking off the condom before ejaculation; half measures do not get the job done. 

I am writing to urge you to strengthen and improve the Draft 2022 Scoping Plan Update. Scientists 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, which is why 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 must achieve a more ambitious Scoping Plan that leads to an accelerated pathway to carbon neutrality so that the state’s 40 million residents and future generations of Californians can live in and thrive in a cleaner and healthier environment.

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 and gas extraction and 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.

Stephanie Herron

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Date and Time Comment Was Submitted 2022-06-22 09:43:29

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