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Comment 367 for Draft 2022 Climate Change Scoping Plan (scopingplan2022) - Non-Reg.

First NameWendy
Last NameMihalic
Email Addresswmihalic@gmail.com
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Subject2022 Scoping Plan must be more aggressive
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CARB must pursue a much more ambitious approach to decarbonization, in line with Governor Newsom’s request to accelerate California's climate action timeline to achieve carbon neutrality by 2035.  The proposed Alternative 3 is simply too little too late and perpetuates our reliance on fossil fuels and the danger they pose to our health and environment.  There are proven, realistic alternatives using zero carbon renewable energy that can be used today to decarbonize buildings without any new technology or additional fossil gas infrastructure.  Research for the CEC indicates that building electrification is likely to be the lowest cost and lowest risk option for decarbonizing California’s building sector. So lets start:

1. Accelerate the phase-out of gas appliances

All commercial and residential new construction should be all-electric in 2026 to align with the next Title 24 code cycle.

Accelerate the phase-out of new fossil-fueled appliances by requiring existing residential and commercial appliance sales be 80% electric by 2025 and 100% by 2030.

 

 

2. Ensure a full decommissioning of the gas distribution system by 2045

CARB must include explicit planning for this in the 2022 Scoping Plan

3. Prioritize an equitable transition for vulnerable neighborhoods

 

Scoping Plan Appendix D is a good start but must go further.  Look to the BEEP suggestions for a broader and deeper approach.

We don't have another 10 years to slowly roll out programs that can be put in place today.

 

Thank you


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Date and Time Comment Was Submitted 2022-06-21 15:18:16

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