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Comment 72 for 2022 Climate Change Scoping Plan (scopingplan2022) - Non-Reg.

First NameManuel
Last NameCunha, Jr.
AffiliationNisei Farmers
SubjectScoping Plan for 2022

I would like to read to you a few of the comments my office is receiving from farm workers regarding mandating vehicle electrification:

 “We are involved in your daily lives. We grow, pick and pack the food you eat every day. We cannot afford an electric vehicle.”


 “We live throughout the State from Humboldt County in the north, to the Imperial Valley in the South, from the Salinas Valley to the San Joaquin Valley. Rural towns and small cities do not have the charging stations nor enough power to have electric vehicles."


 “We work hard to provide for our families but forcing us to switch to electric vehicles is too expensive.”


 “By the time used electric vehicles are affordable for us, the cost to replace the battery and other maintenance costs will put the vehicles out of our reach again.”


 “We want clean air and water, but we need affordable vehicles that are easy to refuel so that we can go to work, to the store, doctor’s appointments and visit family.”


 “Many times, we feel that we are an afterthought and get left behind when important decisions are being made like forcing us to have electric vehicles.”


 “Large cities are a logical place to start.  They probably have access to charging stations, are more likely to be able to afford an electric vehicle and would go a long way to contribute to achieving the state’s climate goals.”


“Rural communities and small cities do not have infrastructure nor charging stations if we all had electric vehicles.”


Please consider what this decision will do to the underserved, the small farmer, the small cities and the farm workers that put food on our tables.


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Date and Time Comment Was Submitted 2022-06-23 12:18:33

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