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Comment 204 for Draft 2022 Climate Change Scoping Plan (scopingplan2022) - Non-Reg.

First NameAmy
Last NameBoyer
Email Addressajboyer@gmail.com
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SubjectScoping plan must be much more aggressive
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We must shoot for 80% emissions reduction 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. (here https://arxiv.org/abs/2103.07801?context=eess.SY) I remember seeing the US government put a man on the moon. We can do this.

The current scoping plan is only going to make things worse. I am sitting here in the midst of the third bout of 100-degree weather of the year in a drought so extreme I can barely keep my vegetable garden going. Who knows how much damage the season's forest fires are doing. 

Supposedly the plan is supposed to be easy on the economy, but our economy depends on our environment: on sufficient water, on a climate that doesn't desperately stress our crops, on forests that don't spew deadly air pollution into the skies. Furthermore, it props up an industry that is already dying.

Waiting does not make this easier. More greenhouse gas emissions and a worsening environment means more stringent measures must be taken while we have more catastrophes to react to.

The emphasis on CCS and DAC is troubling. DAC in particular is unproven and has a number of deleterious effects. While we must have CCS, we must also simply reduce emissions first and foremost so we have less CCS to accomplish.

The fossil fuel industry is incredibly polluting. In 2021 The Lancet estimated that we could save all of the costs of energy transition simply by avoiding deaths from air pollution (here: https://www.lancetcountdownus.org/2021-lancet-countdown-us-brief/).  The people who die are disproportionately Black and people of color. Do we really want to keep the fossil fuel industry in a position to profit from people's deaths?

I desperately want my grandchildren to be able to have decent lives. In 2045 they will be 37 and 32. What kind of world will they be raising their children in if we do not act now?

Respectfully,

Amy Boyer


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