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Comment 434 for 2022 Climate Change Scoping Plan (scopingplan2022) - .

First NameLynda
Last NameMarin
AffiliationCitizens' Climate Lobby Santa Cruz
SubjectDraft 2022 Climate Change Scoping Plan

The draft scoping plan is inadequate to meet basic guidelines that would align with the Biden goal of 50-52 Percent Reduction in U.S. Greenhouse Gas Pollution from 2005 Levels in 2030. The draft plan may not achieve even 40% by 2030.

California’s goal should be at least an 80% reduction in emissions by 2030. A former coordinating author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Professor of Sustainability at UC Berkeley, Daniel Kammen, Ph.D., set out a scientifically backed and feasible program for California in 2021. It calls for an 80% reduction in emissions by 2030.

The draft plan only aims for an 80% reduction emissions by 2045. The draft plan’s reliance on carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) or direct carbon capture (DAC) to balance 20% of our emissions is more than New York (15%) and far more than the State of Washington (5%).[6]5.     

 Neither CCS nor DAC should be counted on as scalable. The March 28, 2022 IPCC report on the capacity of different actions to reduce greenhouse gases puts CCS as the least effective and most expensive of the 43 climate actions the IPCC evaluated for deployment prior to 2030.  Why are these methods being included at all?

In a business-as-usual kind of way, the draft plan drags out elimination of pollution that disproportionately affects poor people and people of color. But rapid elimination of GHG pollution costs less than the health costs of continuing pollution. This delay is in contradiction to the Environmental Justice Advisory Council's demand that CARB move quickly and comprehensively to counteract the historial,disproportionately negative effects of carbon and energy pollution on disadvantaged communities.

Please amend the draft to truly address the emissions and pollution crisis that we are presently in.


Lynda Marin
Citizens' Climate Lobby Santa Cruz

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Date and Time Comment Was Submitted 2022-06-22 10:56:14

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