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Comment 277 for Draft 2022 Climate Change Scoping Plan (scopingplan2022) - Non-Reg.

First NameAshley
Last NameMcClure, MD
Email Addressashennessy@gmail.com
AffiliationClimate Health Now
SubjectCARB scoping plan--support for EJAC recommendations
Comment

I am a primary care physician and medical community organizer. I am writing to represent the >600 health professionals across California who are members of Climate Health Now, calling for the strongest scenario Scoping Plan in the interest of health and equity.

The World Health Organization, the American Medical Association, the California Medical Association all recognize that climate change is a health crisis.

Climate policy is health policy.

California's health professionals community fully supports the EJAC’s scoping plan recommendations.

To those who see the most aggressive Scoping Plan scenario as too costly— this would’ve been like saying a COVID vaccine was too expensive to develop.  We-- and CARB-- must lead with the long-term vision that the climate crisis demands, by investing up front for the enormous returns of health, equity and avoiding irreversible tipping points.

 

Without our health we have nothing. The COVID pandemic will pale in comparison to ongoing climate change health impacts that the current, insufficiently aggressive Scoping Plan will lead us-- and those who follow us-- towards.

 

California’s nurses and doctors can’t protect Californians from worsening heat waves, asthma and lung disease, heart attacks and strokes triggered by fossil fuel Pollution and global warming associated air pollution.

 

To those fossil fuel business interests who are asking carb to go back to the drawing board— this is a shameful delay tactic so they can keep making money with business as usual.

 

Health equity must be at the center of the Scoping Plan's top priority-- not big oil’s profit Interests, or those who would otherwise promote an untenable business as usual.

If CARB has the courage to adopt the EJAC’s recommendations as part of the most-aggressive Scoping Plan this year, we will all be healthier for it.

 

California’s health professionals recommend CARB adopting the EJAC’s appropriately aggressive recommendations in the face of our climate health emergency. Anything short of this would deserve shame when looking in our children’s eyes. 

Thank you.

Ashley McClure, MD, FACP

 


Attachment www.arb.ca.gov/lists/com-attach/4304-scopingplan2022-ViJXOV05A30GaAls.pdf
Original File NameThe-Health-Promise-of-Climate-Solutions-5-22.pdf
Date and Time Comment Was Submitted 2022-06-24 13:55:55

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