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The Air We Breathe, Part 2

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Senior Consultant Microgrid Labs

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Microgrid Labs, Inc. Advisor: 2014 to Present Developed product plans, conceptual and preliminary designs for projects, performed industry surveys and developed...

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The impacts of climate change are no longer a distant threat on the horizon—they are right here, right now, with a growing intensity that is adversely affecting our communities and our environment, here in California and across the globe. The science that, decades ago, predicted the impacts we are currently experiencing is even stronger today and unambiguously tells us what we must do to limit irreversible damage: we must act with renewed commitment and focus to do more and do it sooner…

In mid-November I came across a just-released scoping plan by the California Air Resources Control Board (CARB) which was very good and thorough. It also clearly defined how CARB will lead us (California) to Carbon Neutrality by 2045. As I got well into the source document (and this paper) I looked at my word-count and saw I was well over my preferred length, and not near covering all of the plan that I needed to, thus this paper is now parts 2-and 3.

This paper is a summary of CARB’s Scoping Plan. Part 2 of this paper describes:

  • High level goals of California’s greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction efforts, and methods we intend to use to achieve these goals
  • The severity of climate change impacts
  • Innovative steps we intend to take to control GHG

Part 3 of this paper (posted two days after Part 2) describes:

  • Scenarios used to develop this plan
  • Action Plans for each Sector in the Scoping Plan Scenario
  • Carbon Removal and Sequestration Methods and Roles
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Matt Chester on Dec 27, 2022

Always important to remember how fundamental clean air is to our lives and we should not take it for granted, and any progress to improve that air is something that should be spotlighted for sure.


Thanks John, hope you have a great new year!

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John Benson on Dec 27, 2022

A quick story from my past to illustrate how important clean air is.

When I graduated from Texas Tech in 1975, I promptly looked for and found a job in California. I had been stationed in the SF Bay Area earlier in the Army, and really liked that area. The bad news was the job was in was in SoCal. Although SoCal is not a bad place, the air then was (bad smog anywhere in the LA Basin).

I worked for Rockwell (Atomics International) and they had an excellent Employee Club and Rec Center in the San Fernando Valley (the former Bud Abbot Estate). At least a couple of times a week I worked out in the gym there and ran laps around the estate, IF there wasn't a high-level smog alert. I did that one day, and on the drive over to the Rec Center, the radio indicated that there was just a low-level smog alert, so I ran my usual laps. 

A few minutes after the run I thought I was having a heart attack. I sat in my car for 30-minutes and started feeling better. I drove home (Ventura County, west of San Fernando Valley) and started feeling better still. I also heard on the radio that they had upgraded the smog alert to a higher-level.

The air in LA is much cleaner now, mostly thanks to CARB and their auto regulations. By the late 1930s it may be as clean as the SF Bay Area.


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Matt Chester on Dec 28, 2022

That's eye-opening, John. Also reminds me of the early days of the COVID crisis when people reported the lack of cars on the road immediately clearing up the level of smog they were used to. 

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Thank John for the Post!
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