Aug 17, 2023

Incite Post | A Quick Call to Action

Incite Community,

The historic $1.2B DOE investment last week to build Regional Direct Air Capture Hub Programs across the US got us thinking, how do we make the same meaningful progress across funding, innovation and policy for methane mitigation and removal?

As if we needed another reminder, last week’s devastating Maui wildfires provide it; the climate is shifting, and we don’t have time. Carbon removal technologies take time to engineer, develop and rapidly scale. There are multiple greenhouse gasses that are contributing to our current climate woes – carbon, methane, and nitrous oxide. We can’t rely on CO2 mitigation alone. So, we better get moving on more than one greenhouse gas at a time.

Methane is responsible for 30% of our current warming and deep reductions are critical to keeping global climate goals within reach and avoiding near-term climate impacts. The good news is there are many practical solutions that could mitigate methane: plugging leaks in oil & gas industries, food waste prevention, organic waste diversion and anaerobic digesters. To implement these solutions, we need to accelerate private and public funding to spur innovation and build coalitions. Which is why we’re writing to you.

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has invited the public to submit comments to inform California’s approach and maximize emission reduction plans as part of the Climate Pollution Reduction Grant (CPRG) program, a $5 billion EPA program funded by the Inflation Reduction Act.

They need to hear from all of us, and this is also a huge opportunity for municipalities to address food loss and waste (FLW), one of the most impactful near-term actions to address methane and incorporate critical climate measures in upcoming action plans.

Methane and food waste have been on the back-burner for too long, and the open CARB comments are an opportunity for us to change that. If you are a California resident, this is your chance to be an advocate in one of California’s most important spending decisions.

Submit comments here. And to make it easy, we’ve drafted a template you can use to start, available here.

Team Incite

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