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Comment 523 for Draft 2022 Climate Change Scoping Plan (scopingplan2022) - Non-Reg.

First NamePark
Last NameGuthrie
Email Addresspark.guthrie.jr@gmail.com
AffiliationPublic school teacher
SubjectPlease act faster on climate
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Dear Board Members,

Thank you for your important work. I am a 6th grade teacher in Sonoma County, California. My students have experienced the effects of 6 climate-related disasters since 2017. As I witness their confusion, fear, and, for some, trauma, it is clear to me that insufficient climate action is a form of generational neglect and abandonment. 

 

Please signal to my students that the adults are doing all we possibly can to reshape the systems that have exposed them to such climate harm. Here are some concrete ways to do so:

 

1) Exclude any new investments in fossil fuel infrastructure and pursue renewable energy.

 

CARB’s preferred pathway, Alternative 3, proposes to build the equivalent of at least 33 new mid size or 100 peaker gas power plants. The latest IPCC report makes it clear that we must rapidly reduce our reliance on fossil fuels.

 

2) Pursue direct emissions reductions rather than gambling on carbon capture and other unproven technologies.

 

The Draft relies heavily on technologies such as Carbon Capture, Usage and Sequestration and Direct Air Capture rather than accelerating zero carbon renewable energy. These technologies are unproven, and should not be used to prolong the lives of oil refineries or methane gas power plants.

 

3) Reduce emissions from the transportation sector to comply with the Governor’s Executive Order.

 

The Draft lays out a slower path to heavy duty zero emission vehicles than is necessary to achieve California’s climate goals and air quality standards. Not only would this fail to comply with the governor's executive order to transition 100% of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles to zero-emission vehicles by 2045, it could also leave dirty, diesel trucks in California communities beyond 2050.

 

4) Phase out oil and gas extraction and petroleum refining earlier

 

CARB should phase out oil refining by 2045 and oil and gas extraction by 2035 as part of a managed decline of fossil fuels. The fossil fuel supply chain not only emits large amounts of greenhouse gas, it poisons the air, water, and soil of communities and ecosystems that are forced to live adjacent to them. These communities, predominantly low-income communities of color, have become sacrifice zones for the oil and gas supply chain.

 

5) Set a date for electrification retrofits in addition to replacing gas appliances at end-of-life

 

Alternative 3 recommends that gas appliances in commercial and residential buildings are retired at the end of their useful life. This is bad from economic, climate, and environmental justice perspectives. This approach hampers the decommissioning of segments of the gas distribution system, as commercial and residential buildings will require gas until their appliances burn out. It also entrenches methane leakage and gas combustion pollution, as gas appliances that were purchased before 2035 can operate for decades, potentially. And it risks leaving the last customers on the gas system without heat when their gas appliances burnout, if they are not adequately prepared to switch to electric appliances.

 

Californians deserve and demand better.

 

 

Sincerely,

Park Guthrie


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Date and Time Comment Was Submitted 2022-06-23 01:27:25

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