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Comment 151 for 2022 Climate Change Scoping Plan (scopingplan2022) - Non-Reg.

First NameWhitney
Last NameAmaya
Subject Public Comment RE: Agenda Item No. 22-9-1 for 6/23/22 Board Meeting

Dear California Air Resources Board, 

My name is Whitney Amaya. I'm from West Long Beach and a community member and organizer with East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice. West Long Beach is my home - it's where I grew up, where my family and friends reside, it's my community and therefore a place I will always fight to protect. I wish we didn't have to fight; but, unfortunately, our reality is breathing in air that is contaminated with toxic emissions from oil & gas operations, the ports, railyards, trash burning, diesel trucks, and more, all of which harms our bodies, our health, and the environment. The Scoping Plan is an opportunity for CARB to stand up to industry and stand up for our communities, but as of now the current proposal is WEAK. We need CARB to pass a strong Scoping Plan which means: 

Phasing out oil refineries by 2045

Phasing out all fossil fuel extraction by 2035

Stop granting new permits for oil extraction

No carbon capture technologies - it will increase explosion hazards at refineries. 

Creating Just Transition programs to help workers transition to well paid, non-polluting, union jobs

Increasing electric vehicles on the road & develop a robust public transit system to reduce reliance on cars

Electricty from renewable, clean sources of energy like solar and wind - NOT gas-fired electricty from power plants, nor waste

Stop importing oil from the Amazon - neither our communities here or abroad should have to bear the harm from the oil & gas industry

We need strong action from CARB to address the environmental injustices our communities are experiencing and I hope the elements above are part of the final Scoping Plan if CARB is truly serious about climate change and environmental justice.

Thank you. 

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Date and Time Comment Was Submitted 2022-06-23 20:04:59

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