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Comment 560 for 2022 Climate Change Scoping Plan (scopingplan2022) - Non-Reg.

First NameFaraz
Last NameRizvi
AffiliationAsian Pacific Environmental Network
SubjectThe Draft Scoping Plan fails to meet our 2030 or 2045 climate targets

We are concerned that the Draft Scoping Plan fails to meet, let alone accelerate, our 2030 or 2045 climate targets or increase the pace of California’s actions beyond existing commitments. In fact, California is severely off-track to cut emissions 40% in that time: based on CARB’s most recently available statewide emissions estimates, we will need to triple or quadruple our rate of reductions immediately and maintain that pace going forward in order to comply with the law. 


But rather than highlighting this gap to help legislators and the public understand the urgent need for additional action, CARB merely assumes that the gap will be filled through the Cap and Trade program, without explaining or assessing whether the program is up to the task or how it must adapt in order to play this crucial role.


We strongly believe California should lead by example and set the pace for the rest of the nation. Environmental Justice communities, from Richmond to Riverside, have been historically exposed to elevated levels of pollution and left behind when it comes to action on climate change. Unfortunately, the current draft scoping plan continues to exacerbate this history. 


We demand that CARB incorporates: 

  • A full phaseout of fossil fuels by 2045. We must end oil extraction by 2035, phase out oil refining by 2045, phase out gas fired power plants by 2035, eliminate gas appliances by 2030, and decommission the gas distribution system by 2045.

  • More clean cars, trucks, and mass transit for working class Californians. Transition to 100% zero-emission vehicles by 2035 and lower the amount of vehicle miles traveled by 30% by 2035.

  • A transition to clean, renewable, zero-emissions electricity by 2035 with retirement of all gas plants and no new gas plants.

  • Minimize reliance on carbon capture and storage and other climate dead ends.


Communities that have been impacted by the dirty fossil fuel system are demanding that CARB prioritize direct emissions reductions instead of dead ends that continue to dirty the air we breathe.


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Date and Time Comment Was Submitted 2022-06-24 15:48:27

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