Testifying for climate action in front of the California Air Resources Board

Environment California's clean energy intern Emily McCabe testified before the Calfornia Air Resources Board about the need to go 100% renewable as quickly as possible.

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This update was written by clean energy intern, Emily McCabe

As a student who cares about climate action, I know that the state of California is a leader in climate policy. Last week, I was able to take part in the policymaking process myself when I attended a hearing of the California Air Resources Board as they solicited input on their Draft 2022 Climate Scoping Plan.

In my 2 minutes on the record, I shared my story: I grew up in Northern California, and in 2018, the Camp Fire destroyed the town of Paradise 15 minutes away from my home. Because my community experienced a climate disaster, at the hearing I emphasized the urgency of creating a plan that gets my state to 100% renewable energy as quickly as possible. The plan currently calls for adding 10 gigawatts of gas plants, which burn methane gas, a potent climate pollutant, to make energy. Instead of perpetuating our reliance on gas,  I encouraged the board to phase out fossil fuels completely.

It was an incredible experience to be able to participate in state politics as a young person. On behalf of Environment California, I was able to advocate for changes will make a real difference.


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