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Comment 357 for Draft 2022 Climate Change Scoping Plan (scopingplan2022) - Non-Reg.

First NameKarin
Last NameHemmingsen
Email Addresskjh361@verizon.net
AffiliationMD
SubjectCalifornia Climate Change Scoping Plan
Comment

I write as a family physician, a public health professional and a committed and longtime environmentalist.  Although I do not live in California, I am deeply concerned about the flaws in the Scoping Plan.  Your state has a very major impact on pro-environmental action throughout the country and thereby a major impact on the environmental wellbeing of this country and this planet.

The most recent reports from the IPCC emphasize that the problem of human caused global warming is not just getting steadily worse, but also it is exponentially worse every time they report.  We absolutely cannot afford to pussyfoot on this problem, doing some things that will help the problem and some things that will worsen it terribly.  The Scoping Plan as proposed has some VERY MAJOR flaws.

I urge you to make the following changes in the Plan:

  • Re-evaluate your designation of ethanol as a renewable fuel - it is just a laughable and easily disproven thesis that ethanol is a "good" fuel
  • Re-evaluate your determination that Blue hydrogen (made from fossil fuels) is a pathway to decarbonization.
  • Eliminate Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS) and Direct Air Capture as strategies to reduce carbon emissions 

California has been frequently lauded as a forward thinking state that puts good science before the interests of the fossil fuel industry and its cohorts.  You need to stop going from climate hero to climate villain and start doing what is right for all of us, not just the vested interests of a few.

Thank you for your consideration.


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Date and Time Comment Was Submitted 2022-06-21 13:48:15

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