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Comment 422 for Draft 2022 Climate Change Scoping Plan (scopingplan2022) - Non-Reg.

First NameStacey
Last NameMeinzen
Email Addressstaceymeinzen@gmail.com
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Subject2022 Climate Change Scoping Plan
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Dear California Air Resources Board,

I'm writing to you today as the parent of a 9-year old child. I want him to have a livable future and that is not looking so good right now. We have spent the last five years waiting for evacuation orders every fall, navigating smoke for months at a time, and dealing with extreme heat and power outages.

The draft 2022 Scoping Plan doubles down on fossil fuel infrastructure at a time when clean energy is cheaper than fossil fuels and often more reliable during extreme weather events. It doesn't make any sense to build new gas power plants right now.

In this year’s Scoping Plan, we have an opportunity to commit California to effective, intelligent action. Please include the following as priorities in the 2022 Climate Change Scoping Plan:

1. A full, coordinated phase out of fossil fuels by 2035 or earlier, with targets for oil refining by 2045, oil and gas extraction by 2035, and a clean electric grid by 2035.

2. Eliminate reliance on climate policy dead ends like Carbon Capture and Storage (which has an 80% failure rate!). This "solution" is the brainchild of fossil fuel executives to allow them to keep polluting for profit.

2. Accelerate and scale up investments in clean vehicles and clean mass transit.

California is already a cautionary tale with regards to carbon offsets under AB32. Environmental justice advocates warned that offsets perpetuate pollution, but they were brushed aside. And they were right. Let's not keep repeating the same mistakes that lock in more systemic racism, courtesy of oil and gas pollution in redlined neighborhoods.

The currently proposed Scoping plan is indefensible, but you can change that. Please do.

Sincerely,

Stacey Meinzen


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Date and Time Comment Was Submitted 2022-06-22 09:38:28

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