Update November 16, 2022: The California Air Resources Board (CARB) released its final Scoping Plan, the state’s five-year roadmap for achieving its climate goals. After months of consultation with climate experts and advocates, as well as intervention from Governor Newsom, the plan reflects some significant improvements. These include a commitment to avoid the buildout of new gas power plants and the initiation of an interagency process to phase out oil and gas extraction and refining.
However, it still falls well short of what California must do to lead the world toward a climate-safe future. The plan delays reaching carbon neutrality until 2045 and relies heavily on unproven direct air capture (DAC) technologies and failed carbon capture scams.
CARB is no longer taking public comments on the Scoping Plan, but we can still push Governor Newsom and other California leaders to accelerate equitable climate action! Stay tuned for more ways to engage.