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Comment 346 for Draft 2022 Climate Change Scoping Plan (scopingplan2022) - Non-Reg.

First NameJames
Last NameWang
Email Addressjz1-ca@donottrackplus.net
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SubjectReject Alt 3 in favor of Alt 1
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Thank you for recognizing the dire state of our climate crisis and including apparent urgency with your sections in your report boldly entitled Imperative to Act and Consequences to Further Warming.

Unfortunately, your choice of Alt 3 as the Proposed Scenario is disappointing at best. Even your report ranks Alt 3 as "mid low" in its climate mitigation (Table 2-1). We have delayed and procrastinated on climate action for so long that a "mid low" proposition is NOT adequate.

Alt 3 does next to nothing about reducing fossil fuel consumption until 2035, and then it expects a rapid "catchup" to cut to zero consumption by 2045.  This is a good example of "kicking the can down the road" so it's someone else's problem.  We not only have to be more responsible, we must be much, much, more aggressive.

Alt 1 is your most ambitious proposal, but since we are out of time, even Alt 1 is barely adequate. But you rejected Alt 1 because of its "high cost". What's the cost of delaying action? We've already delayed action so long that we have not just a climate problem, but a climate crisis.

Furthermore, most of the high cost of Alt 1 is increasing the urban forest. The urban forest has many co-benefits which were not deducted from Alt 1's "high cost". Similarly, Alt 1's rapid rollout of building electrification also brings many co-benefits (health, safety, cost) which are not taken into account.

By using Alt 3 to further delay meaningful action, we will be accentuating our climate costs.

Please reject Alt 3 in favor of Alt 1.

Thank you.

 


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