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Comment 153 for 2022 Climate Change Scoping Plan (scopingplan2022) - Non-Reg.

First NameErich
Last NameEilenberger
SubjectNot Enough

The draft plan does not demonstrate that California is on track to even meet the legally mandated goal of at least a 40% reduction in greenhouse gases by 2030.

The draft plan does not follow AB 32’s requirement that California achieve “the maximum technologically feasible” emission reductions, using the most cost-effective methods.

The draft plan will not keep global temperatures close to what scientists say will avoid catastrophe. The world has only ten years to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent if we are to attain the goal. Yet the draft plan admits that it may not achieve even 40 percent by 2030.

The science of climate change requires front-loading our response. California’s goal should be at least an 80 percent reduction in emissions by 2030. Prof. Daniel Kammen, former coordinating author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Professor of Sustainability at UC Berkeley, set out a scientifically backed and feasible program for California in 2021. It calls for an 80 percent reduction in emissions by 2030.

The draft plan only aims for an 80 percent reduction in emissions by 2045. Even more troubling, the draft’s reliance on carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) or direct air capture of carbon (DAC) to reduce 20 percent of our emissions is more than  New York (15 percent) and far more than the State of Washington (5 percent) anticipates.

Neither CCS nor DAC should be counted on as scalable.

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Date and Time Comment Was Submitted 2022-06-23 20:23:14

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