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Comment 92 for Draft 2022 Climate Change Scoping Plan (scopingplan2022) - Non-Reg.

First NameGreg
Last NameCamphire
Email Addressgac37@hotmail.com
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SubjectCARB Must Develop a Stronger Climate Plan
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Hello,

Last summer, Governor Gavin Newsom recognized the urgency of our climate crisis and asked CARB to evaluate pathways for the state to achieve carbon neutrality by 2035, including strategies to reduce fossil fuel demand and supply.

CARB came back with a disappointing plan that fails to meet the moment. There are numerous problems with the current plan, from legal and scientific issues to failures of addressing environmental justice. It promotes unsustainable half-measures like carbon capture and sequestration, cap and trade, and other problematic market-based strategies rather than the direct regulation that is needed to mitigate further climate catastrophes. 

The Draft Scoping Plan recommends delaying achieving carbon neutrality until 2045 and recommends little to no immediate action to reduce pollution. It only proposes to reduce 80% of emissions by that time and proposes to use direct air capture (DAC) to make up for the last 20%. So it is a very conservative plan that puts California in with the  countries that are waffling on their commitments.

The science is clear: California cannot wait until 2045 to achieve carbon neutrality if we want to  have a chance at slowing the climate crisis. California’s goal should be at least an 80% reduction in emissions by 2030. The Environmental Justice Advisory Council (EJAC) has demanded faster and more comprehensive measures than in the draft plan so as to protect disadvantaged communities, particularly those suffering from air pollution.

California must be a leader in the response to our ongoing climate crisis and mass extinction event caused by humanity's addiction to fossil fuels. We must act decisively, immediately, and comprehensively. Please do the right thing for the next seven generations of life on Earth.

Thank you,

Greg

 


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Date and Time Comment Was Submitted 2022-06-23 14:10:31

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