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Comment 7 for Draft 2022 Climate Change Scoping Plan (scopingplan2022) - Non-Reg.

First NameRio
Last NameBarrere-Cain
Email Addressrioebc@g.ucla.edu
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SubjectThe Scoping Plan Needs to Do More to Address Climate Change
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Hello,

I am a medical student and researcher. I see the direct ways that climate change negatively impacts our health, disproportionately affecting communities with less power. The scoping plan does not go far enough to address the significant public health crisis we are facing with respect to climate change. Below are some of the reasons why

 

The draft plan does not demonstrate that California is on track to even meet the legally mandated goal of at least a 40% reduction in greenhouse gases by 2030.[2] Short-lived climate pollutants are particularly unlikely to achieve a 40 percent reduction.

The draft plan will not keep global temperatures close to what scientists say will avoid catastrophe. The world has only ten years to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent if we are to attain the goal. President Biden has committed the United States to a 50 percent reduction by 2030. Yet the draft plan admits that it may not achieve even 40 percent by 2030.

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. [8]

Wang, T., Jiang, Z., Zhao, B. et al. Health co-benefits of achieving sustainable net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in California. Nat Sustain 3, 597–605 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41893-020-0520-y.

 See the critique of the plan by Danny Cullenward, Ph.D.:  https://carbonplan.org/blog/scoping-plan-comments


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Date and Time Comment Was Submitted 2022-06-23 09:03:30

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