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Comment 353 for 2022 Climate Change Scoping Plan (scopingplan2022) - Non-Reg.

First NameGabrielle
Last NameSloane Law
AffiliationCBE, East Oakland CERP CSC
SubjectDo the Right Thing

I'm a resident of East Oakland; one of the most polluted areas in the San Francisco Bay Area, where people live on average 10-12 years less than in other parts of the Bay Area, and where Asthma, Heart Disease and Stroke are happening at double or more the rates of the county average. I, my family, and many people I care about are all affected by air pollution, with related health problems such as asthma and other chronic illnesses.

Given the incredible contributions of EJAC--comprising members of frontline communities like mine--during the scoping process, it would be unconscionable to not continue to keep EJAC at the table during the implementation of this plan.

Furthermore, I urge you to reconsider your astronomical carbon capture targets and replace these with strong supply and demand-side incentives to move permanently and entirely away from dirty energy. Your reliance on carbon capture and storage will not only subject California's poor, redlined, and marginalized communities to increased pollution and health risks; it will also make it easier for those in power to fail to meet the other targets in the scoping plan, by giving them a fallback option to "balance the books" of net carbon emissions without actually sufficiently reducing the use of fossil fuels.

CCS is just plain greenwashing. It will keep refineries operating and polluting for longer than they should. It will expose our communities to increased risks, including the risk of mass death if large quantities of CO2 are released from the ground. It will slow down the transition away from fossil fuels, and it will actually increase the amount of toxins, pollutants and particulates in California's most vulnerable communities.

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Date and Time Comment Was Submitted 2022-12-15 15:28:58

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