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Comment 275 for 2022 Climate Change Scoping Plan (scopingplan2022) - Non-Reg.

First NameNicholas
Last NameRatto
Subject2022 Climate Scoping Plan

Dear CARB Board, 

I am very concerned and frankly dismayed by many key points in the draft CARB Climate Scoping Plan. For example, the GHG emission reduction targets for various sectors appear to be arrived at in a disingenuous manner. It is misleading - intentionally or not - and dangerous to calculate estimates backwards starting from the 2045 targets and make the numbers work via tweaking the assumptions without evidence of validity. For example, the VMT reduction assumptions are arguably so aggressive as to be unachievable. The correct approach, I believe, is to start from reasonable assumptions re: VMT reductions, ZEV adoption trajectory, power grid conversion to solar/wind etc. Next one logically makes incremental estimates of GHG/carbon emission reductions achieved at milestone years, then examining any gap that exists at the 2045 target.

I attended and offered public opinion at the CC II Hearing on June 9, and had the sense that you, as CARB Board members, were being conscientious in entertaining input from all stakeholders. It seems you want to do the right thing, ethically and practically - because this is as much an economic decision as an ecological/biodiversity/livable climate decision. For instance, if our Central Valley crops are decimated by drought, and our heat waves are more and more frequent and of longer duration (placing ever increasing demands on the legacy power grid), then the state economy stands to suffer significant, preventable harm - along with its residents.

In closing, I volunteer for 350 Bay Area - and am aware that several of 350's leaders have prepared a CARB Scoping Plan comment/analysis. I urge you to read it carefully and consider the validity of the arguments posited.


Nick Ratto, Pharm.D.

1108 Court St Alameda CA

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Date and Time Comment Was Submitted 2022-06-24 13:50:37

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