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Comment 221 for Draft 2022 Climate Change Scoping Plan (scopingplan2022) - Non-Reg.

First NameHeather
Last NameMacLeod
Email Addressmacleodphd@gmail.com
AffiliationHeather MacLeod
Subjectdraft scoping plan - we need to stop extracting and burning fossil fuels
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Dear CARB members and staff,

After participating in the meeting yesterday, I have a new appreciation for the depth of your work and the diversity of opinions and emotions that people bring to you.

As you make the decision about which plan to go with, I am reminded of the powerful decison CARB made in the 1990s to require that electric vehicles be sold in CA. You probably know that the fossil fuel industry pressured CARB to eliminate that rule, promising that hydrogen fuel cells would solve all our auto exhaust problems.  The board backed down and electric vehicles were taken off our freeways for a couple decades. (and no, most of us still don't have hydrogen fueled autos)

Can you imagine what a difference it would have made if the board had stuck with their guns?  If the demand for electric vehicles had been allowed to grow naturally, starting in the 1990s, as people noticed that their friends with electric cars didn't have to worry about rising gas prices?

I suspect that carbon capture is another ploy by the fossil fuel industry to avoid the necessity of stopping burning fossil fuels.  It's like those diet plans:  eat want you what, as much as you want, whenever you want, and lose weight!  But it doesn't work that way.

Plan 1 is the only plan that realistically approaches the problems of climate change with the speed and the actions needed to make the kind of difference that is needed.

You could add more - we can't afford to expand airports.  Air travel accounts for a higher percentage of emissions in CA because many of us fly a lot. Yet during the pandemic we learned that much of our air travel is optional.

AND, having seen the testimony yesterday, I realize that those of us who understand the damages of climate change need to do a lot more organizing and communicating.

Please act on what you know about how dirty air in California results in devastating effects for people all over the globe, choose plan 1.

thank you.

 

 


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