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Comment 139 for 2022 Climate Change Scoping Plan (scopingplan2022) - Non-Reg.

First NameKarina
Last NameMaher
SubjectCARB Scoping Plan


Dear Members of CARB,


I am writing to you as a pediatrician and as a Californian who lives in Los Angeles. I ask that you reconsider your scoping plan and prioritize the recommendations of CARB's Environmental Justice Advisory Committee. You are charged with protecting the public from the harmful effects of air pollution and developing actions to fight climate change. Please consider whether the draft as it is currently written fulfills these commitments. You will conclude that it does not.


Climate change is a public health crisis. The science is clear. We have a very short time to stop burning fossil fuels invest in building new fossil fuel infrastructure is the wrong move. Yet, the draft plan proposes increasing gas-fired power generation. The CALGEM Scientific Advisory Panel has clearly stated that the most effective way to protect public health from oil and gas operations is to stop drilling and developing new wells and phase out existing oil and gas development activities and associated infrastructure.


As a physician, I know that the extraction and burning of fossil fuels increases our risk of heart attacks, stroke, cancer, lung disease and our children's risk of premature birth, birth defects, asthma, cancer, and developmental and behavioral problems. We need cleaner air to breathe.


Please reconsider the Scoping Plan according to the Environmental Justice Advisory Committee's recommendations and see our health professionals and students' letters and the scientists’ letter for additional information.



Karina Maher, MD

Los Angeles


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Date and Time Comment Was Submitted 2022-06-23 18:19:24

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