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Comment 366 for 2022 Climate Change Scoping Plan (scopingplan2022) - Non-Reg.

First NameTheresa
Last NameBucher
SubjectDraft 2022 Climate Change Scoping Plan

The draft plan will not keep global temperatures close to what scientists say will avoid catastrophe. The world has only ten years to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 50% if we are to attain the goal. President Biden has committed the United States to a 50% reduction by 2030. Yet the draft plan may not achieve even 40% by 2030. This is not what we need.

 The science of climate change requires front-loading our response. If mitigation pathways are not rapidly activated, much more expensive and complex adaptation measures will have to be taken to avoid the impacts of higher levels of global warming on the Earth system. Not acting effectively now will just increase the costs of climate change.

California’s goal should be at least an 80% reduction in emissions by 2030. A former coordinating author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Professor of Sustainability at UC Berkeley, Daniel Kammen, Ph.D., set out a scientifically backed and feasible program for California in 2021. It calls for an 80% reduction in emissions by 2030.

The draft plan only aims for an 80% reduction emissions by 2045. The draft plan’s reliance on carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) or direct carbon capture (DAC) to balance 20% of our emissions is more than New York (15%) and far more than the State of Washington (5%). And this is an unproven technology.

Neither CCS nor DAC should be counted on as scalable. The March 28, 2022 IPCC report on the capacity of different actions to reduce greenhouse gases puts CCS as the least effective and most expensive of the 43 climate actions the IPCC evaluated for deployment prior to 2030. We must be smarter and do better than this.

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Date and Time Comment Was Submitted 2022-06-21 14:43:10

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