you can do better! You lay out the urgency well, but the preferred
plans are not up to the task. Your plan will not meet what the
science says we must. The impact to the economy and human health
and wealth will be devastating if we do not dramatically up the
game. We can't afford to delay or miss.
Don't plan based on CDR. Cost effective
carbon dioxide removal does not yet exist and the current
technologies require more energy to operate than is available. It
is dangerous wishful thinking to depend on unproven, yet to be
invented CDR to meet our emission goals. Support CDR development,
but make plans only based on accelerating and improving known, cost
effective technologies that have already demonstrated their
capabilities, like wind, solar, energy storage, and distributed
energy resources management.
Overhaul or end Cap & Trade: The current
program has too many credits and not enough rigor to reduce
emissions. Radically rework it or wind it down and focus on
regulation to meet the that we need.
No new investments in fossil fuel extraction &
transportation infrastructure. The science in undeniable
and the policy guidance from the IPCC and Guterres is unequivocal.
California must not allow any more drilling, new pipelines or other
processing or transportation infrastructure development to expand
or extend fossil fuel use. Period. CDR can not change this.
Front load emissions reductions efforts - target 80
percent reduction in emissions by 2030. We need far more
aggressive policies to meet the requirements of the science and to
end the building and sale of fossil fuel burning devices
much more rapidly than proposed.
No more gas fired power plants. Immediately.
100% renewable electricity by 2030. Speed up the renewable electricity
requirements of SB 100 and put a greater emphasis on
decentralized energy sources and demand
control. We must lead
the way to get the country to 100% by 2035. Obviously this means a
crash program for
energy storage as
Stop sales of gas powered light duty cars by
2025 and heavier duty shortly thereafter.
Accelerate building electrification. End of
life is too late for replacing building heating technology. Require
electric conversion on property sales, institute large incentives
to proactively replace before end of life and set a 2026 end date
for sales of new gas combustion appliances.
Much more aggressive VMT reduction. Even with
more a sooner ban on sale of new gas ICE cars and other aggressive
measures to encourage replacement, it is wishful thinking to hope
that we will turn over the fleet to electric cars fast enough to
meet emission reduction imperatives. VMT reduction measures must be
elevated to emergency status .
We need a plan that realistically meets the science
with very rapid dramatic real reductions in emissions . Anything
less is unrealistic wishful thinking that will have devastating
effects on Californians. Don't set yourself up to regret
this plan in five years.