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Comment 115 for 2022 Climate Change Scoping Plan (scopingplan2022) - Non-Reg.

First NameMariJane
Last NameLopez-Taff
AffiliationCitrus Heights Chamber of Commerce
SubjectMore time needed...

My name is MARIJANE LOPEZ-TAFF. I am a small business owner and a volunteer Ambassador of the Citrus Heights Chamber of Commerce.

I am speaking today to represent small businesses.

While the 2022 Scoping Plan seeks to address very important issues such as:

·       The impact of continued dependence on fossil fuels

·       Extreme heat, drought, and catastrophic wildfires

AND their impacts – toxic pollutants, respiratory illness, and poor air quality, etc.

AND, while the Plan devotes a lot of time to the benefits of transitioning to 100% zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs),

I have a few simple questions that I am interested in the answers to:

1.  With regular rolling blackouts and a power grid that cannot sustain the current power needs (ie Housing) how can we ensure the integrity of the power grid? (think PG&E and fires) AND

2.  If new power grids are going to be built, who will pay for them, and in the meantime, how can we ensure that those power plants are from clean sources? (think dirty sources to produce “clean”)

3.  What is the environmental plan regarding the disposal of batteries and their toxic parts? (Independent analysis shows that END OF LIFE DISPOSAL largely negates any environmental benefits) (think groundwater contamination)

On page 148 of the DRAFT PLAN, it mentions that “light-duty passenger vehicles consume the majority of gasoline in the state – 12.9 billion gallons in 2019”

According to Google -- What is considered a light vehicle?

Light vehicle means a motor vehicle commonly referred to as an automobile, van, sport utility vehicle, or truck having a manufacturer's rated capacity of 1 ton or less.

From food delivery to construction workers -- small businesses of all types are reliant on these vehicles to run their businesses.

Small businesses are already reeling from the effects of Covid shutdowns on their businesses.

This Plan only helps to further shutter small businesses by its costly and potentially ill-conceived requirements. 

Finally, if this body is interested in really protecting the environment (as we all are), think through some of the vast possibilities of unintended consequences that this plan could put into motion – AND --

I ask you to keep small businesses alive in California by giving us more time to naturally convert to energy-efficient vehicles, allowing for the slower development of reliable power structures and the discovery of safer disposal practices.


Thank you for your thoughtful consideration.

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Date and Time Comment Was Submitted 2022-06-23 15:51:55

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