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Comment 320 for 2022 Climate Change Scoping Plan (scopingplan2022) - Non-Reg.

First NameBonita
Last NameRichman
Affiliation1000 Grandmothers for Future Generations
SubjectRevise the Climate Change Scoping Plan


I urge you to revise the California Air Resources Board’s climate scoping plan so that it meets the scale and urgency of the climate crisis and environmental racism here in California. As currently drafted, it’s an abdication of climate leadership and a failure of ambition. 

Climate delay is climate denial. So first and foremost, the plan must ensure near-zero carbon emissions by 2035, which would represent the accelerated progress Gov. Newsom has called for many times. Retaining the grossly inadequate target of “carbon neutrality” by 2045 is a recipe for disaster, enabling further delay we can’t afford.

 Likewise, the proposed timelines for ending fossil fuel energy and electrifying transportation and buildings are inadequate, as they’re based on a flawed cost-benefit analysis that severely underestimates the costs of delaying rapid decarbonization and relies on unproven, risky technologies such as carbon capture and storage. 

 Instead, a revised plan must commit to: (1) a full, coordinated phase-out of fossil fuels, with targets for ending oil and gas extraction, and a clean, just electric grid by 2030; (2) scaling up investments in mass transit and accelerating electrification of transportation and buildings, including 100% electric-vehicle sales by 2030, and no new gas appliance sales by 2025; and (3) eliminating reliance on climate policy dead-ends like carbon capture and sequestration.

 We already possess the technology and resources to accelerate the transition away from fossil fuel energy in a way that addresses environmental injustice, doesn’t leave workers behind, and provides tremendous benefits to our state’s economy. But the draft plan would prolong frontline communities’ exposure to fossil fuel pollution for decades, allow climate inaction with industry scams and unproven techno-fantasies, forgo the many benefits of a rapid shift to renewable energy, and keep us on a deadly path to climate collapse. 

 I’m counting on you to demonstrate true climate leadership to the world by fixing the scoping plan and accelerating our path to near-zero carbon emissions to 2035, at the latest.

Thanks for your attention, Bonita Richman



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Date and Time Comment Was Submitted 2022-06-20 20:19:40

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