Oil and gas extraction is linked to increases
in over 20 diseases including Covid, dementia,, valley fever, and
in hurricanes, kidney disease which would use up money that CA
needs to give more incentives for rooftop solar and EVs for the low
income. We need electric transportation for all. Electric
vehicle batteries are good storage for excess solar electric.
Natural gas infrastructure is too leaky. The
Blade Energy Partners Report on the root causes of the Aliso Canyon
disaster found that, “the Aliso Canyon storage wells had
numerous casing leaks.” 40% of the gas storage wells they
reviewed had casing failures (an average of two per well). The
problem iwith natural gas is that it needs the 2 old leaky natural
gas storage facilities. Aliso Canyon Gas Storage Facility is
on an earthquake fault and could produce an explosion 8 times worse
than in 2015-2016. (from Food & Water Watch)
In CA, there is a large number of home gas
meters that leak methane from the pipe before the meter. Old cities
had higher rates of methane leakage. Researchers from the
Laboratory of Climate & Environmental Sciences in France over 2
years 2019-2020 found more than 1,800 large bursts of methane
worldwide including in the US , often releasing several tons of
methane per hour, which accounted for 8 - 12% of global methane
emissions from oil & gas infrastructure during that time. (from
article in the Morning Edition, Feb 3, 2022: A Satellite Finds
Massive Methane Leaks From Gas Pipelines.) However, infrastructure
improvements, would become stranded assets, because to meet our
goals, GHG emissions need to be down 40% by 2030. We need to set
Require all electric appliances in new homes
and commercial buildings and when replacements & renovations
are needed. ,We need a tax on methane also.
Require or incentivize onsite green hydrogen
from water electrolysis for commercial buildings and factories that
could not electrify and geothermal heat.
Require all new tractors to be electric or
hydrogen fuel cell.
Replace gas power plants with wind power &
green hydrogen plants. Phase out oil refining. No high carbon
emiting Canadian Tar Sands oil nor almost equally high emiting
Bakersfield CA oil, We need a tax on methane also..
Reduce NOx emissions from all sources
including kitchen biowaste & animal agricultiure.
In addition, we need to store carbon in
Organic gardens where people live, using incentives from 30 by 30.
Caring for the gardens, could be jobs for some homeless. They
should live there in tents instead of having to commute there every
day to reduce vehicle miles travelled.