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Comment 288 for Draft 2022 Climate Change Scoping Plan (scopingplan2022) - Non-Reg.

First NameLisa
Last NameChang
Email Addresslisachang3552@gmail.com
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SubjectCARB's current climate change scoping plan is woefully insufficient.
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My name is Lisa Chang, I live in Alamo, CA, and I am a physician.

 

I am dismayed by the inadequate measures to address climate change and the harmful effects of air pollution on public health that are outlined in the CARB scoping plan. Scientists have made clear  that we have a diminishingly small window of time to reduce carbon emissions to avert the worst effects of climate change on our health and our planet. Billions of dollars of subsidies already go to the fossil fuel industry, and fossil fuel companies want even more subsidies, in the guise of controversial, risky, ineffective measures like Carbon Capture technology. The CALGEM scientific advisory panel states that the most effective way to protect public health is to stop drilling and developing new wells, and phase out existing oil and gas development activities and associated infrastructure. We must embrace clean, renewable energy.

 

As a physician, I know the myriad of health harms caused by air pollution and the extreme weather events exacerbated by our warming climate, including extreme heat events, worsening flooding, hurricanes, and wildfires. The health harms, including increased rates of cancer, respiratory diseases, strokes, and birth defects, disproportionately affect vulnerable populations, including communities of color, children, babies, pregnant women, and the elderly. 

 

I urge you to adopt a much bolder plan to reduce emissions, as was put forward by the Environmental Justice Advisory Council. 

Respecfully,

Lisa Chang, MD

 

 


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Date and Time Comment Was Submitted 2022-06-24 14:42:34

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