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Comment 64 for 2022 Climate Change Scoping Plan (scopingplan2022) - Non-Reg.

First NameRachel
Last NameBeck
SubjectPrioritize ending new drilling in Amazon basin

Dear Board Members,

I ask you to assure that California's refineries do not source their oil from new drilling the Amazon basin. Drilling for oil in this region harms Indigenous communities, harms the biodiversity of the region, and encourages further cutting of a forest that captures carbon and filters air. The Bolsonaro administration has engaged in human rights abuses of Indigenous people who live in the Amazon, in order to promote the use of oil from the region, and the best leverage we have to reduce human suffering of Indigenous people in Brazil is to stop encouraging displacement and habitat destruction.

I ask you also to formulate a detailed plan to phase out California refineries' use of Amazon basin crude oil entirely-- currently almost half of the oil used in California comes from this vulnerable region. You can do this in part by committing vehicles used by the state to much stricter fuel efficiency standards and transitioning the state's fleet of vehicles to entirely EVs. You can also do this by shoring up public transit statewide. Gas prices are high enough now that improving and promoting public transit has some real opportunity to change commuters' habits.

Thank you for your consideration.


Rachel Beck

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Date and Time Comment Was Submitted 2022-06-13 11:21:10

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