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Comment 24 for 2022 Climate Change Scoping Plan (scopingplan2022) - Non-Reg.

First NameMolly
Last NameMorabito
AffiliationCenter for Biological Diversity
SubjectWe need a much stronger climate plan
Dear Gov. Newsom and California Air Resources Board,

As a young person concerned about my future in a state that is currently being ravaged by the impacts of climate change - from wildfires to droughts to sea-level rise - I truly question whether I'll be able to remain in this state that I call home. 

The impacts of climate change are here NOW and they're only going to worsen. These impacts are already costing Californians their lives, and if we continue to do nothing to mitigate the fossil fuel pollution that causes the climate ciris, they will claim even more. 

That the California Air Resources Board would be seriously considering a near-zero gas emissions by 2045 is astounding, given the clear science that dictates we must curb emissions by 2030 if we have any hope of remaining under 1.5 degrees of warming (which is already locking in climate change that is going to be devastating for our state and communities). 

I urge you to revise the California Air Resources Board’s climate scoping plan so that it meets the scale and urgency of the climate crisis and environmental racism here in California.

– Establish a target of near-zero gas emissions by 2035. Retaining the grossly inadequate target of “carbon neutrality” by 2045 is a recipe for disaster, and it would cause further delay we can’t afford.

– Rapidly phase out fossil fuel production and transition to 100% clean renewable electricity by 2030. This must include rejecting all new fossil fuel infrastructure NOW, an immediate halt to drilling permits, and decommissioning oil wells within 3200 feet of sensitive locations.

– Invest in public transit and move to 100% electric new car sales by 2030 and 100% electric trucks by 2035. Stop all new gas appliance sales by 2025 and invest in supporting the transition off gas.

– Reject all industry scams that lock in pollution and promote environmental injustice. This includes carbon capture, hydrogen, trading, offsets, and  factory farm biogas. Every dollar we waste on these industry scams is a dollar taken from communities and efforts to facilitate a real transition away from dirty energy sources — which are causing climate change intensified disasters like wildfires, flooding and droughts, while polluting our communities.

Please support sustainable land practices and environmental justice in the transition. Taking these bold actions would provide a model for other states to follow. And it would show the country and the world that California is ready to lead us back from the climate cliff and toward a sustainable, livable future. We’re counting on your leadership.

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Date and Time Comment Was Submitted 2022-06-23 09:43:37

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