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Comment 342 for 2022 Climate Change Scoping Plan (scopingplan2022) - Non-Reg.

First NameMargaret
Last NameChen
AffiliationClimate Health Now
SubjectScoping plan needs to consider Health

As a ObGyn physician who has practiced for 36 yrs in SF and a Clinical Professor of ObGyn at UCSF, I am here to ask CARB to protect my patients: pregnant mothers and their unborn babies. As a mother and grandmother, I ask CARB to act boldly and urgently to protect my family and loved ones.  Studies have shown proximity to oil and gas operations and exposure to air pollution increases the odds of preterm labor and birth and small for dates babies.  The most vulnerable are the communities that live closest to the oil and gas operations, particularly the Black, LatinX, Asian, Indigenous and low income communities. These communities suffer the most, with higher rates of illness and lower life expectancies. The IPCC has declared that climate change is causing a “Code Red” for humanity. We cannot delay!! And there are things that can be done now 


- We need to stop drilling and developing new wells immediately, phase out existing oil and gas activities by 2035 and properly plug legacy wells.


  • We need to impose the 3200 ft setbacks from homes, schools, health care facilities, prisons, and businesses.


- We need to abandon proposals that do not work like carbon capture and storage but optimize natural and working lands to capture Carbon.



We have no time to delay: After the demise of Roe, there will be more pregnant women and babies. CARB must proceed aggressively to net zero to protect all of us who are vulnerable to this climate health emergency.  


Margie Chen MD

Clinical Professor, emeritus 

Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences


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Date and Time Comment Was Submitted 2022-12-15 12:01:38

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