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To get to zero by 2050, Minnesota must cut climate pollution by 4.5 million metric tons of C02 equivalent a year.
Emissions in Minnesota
Million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MMTCO2e) emissions
We can do it. Here's how.
- Regenerative agriculture to sequester carbon in soil
- Composting to reduce landfill methane emissions
- New techniques for manufacturing CO2 emitting materials, like concrete
14% of emissions in Minnesota comes from buildings.
Mostly from different types of heating.
80% of the pollution of your typical home comes from heating your space, water, and food.
There are 2.9 million buildings in Minnesota and 25% of building systems are already electrified.
We need to electrify the remaining 2.2 million buildings in Minnesota. That's around 79,000 per year.
That will solve 14% of the problem.
🚗 Getting Around
25% of emissions in Minnesota comes from cars, trucks, and planes.
Mostly from our cars.
To cut this pollution, if you have a car, your next one needs to be an electric vehicle (EV).
Or try going car-free with public transit, bikes/e-bikes, or walking if it works for you.
There are 1.8 million vehicles in Minnesota and 10,000 are already electric (0.6% of the total).
We need to electrify the remaining 1.8 million vehicles. That's around 66,000 a year.
That will solve another 25% of the problem.
🔌 Power Generation
21% of emissions in Minnesota comes from making power.
Specifically from coal, gas, and oil plants.
To cut this pollution, we need to replace all dirty power plants with clean ones (mostly wind and solar).
In Minnesota we need to close and replace:
8 coal plants
Boswell Energy Center
Allen S King
Otter Tail County
Northshore Mining Silver Bay Power
St Louis County
Archer Daniels Midland Mankato
Blue Earth County
Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar
32 gas plants
Mankato Energy Center
Blue Earth County
Blue Lake Generating Plant
Lakefield Junction Generating
Pleasant Valley Station
Cannon Falls Energy Center
Faribault Energy Park
51 oil plants
St. Bonifacius Station
Maple Lake Station
Rock Lake Station
Thomson Reuters Campus Bldg A-D
...and help those workers find good jobs.
But wait! Remember how we electrified all cars and buildings?
Our machines don't pollute now, because they run on electricity!
But that means we need to make more power for those new electric machines - twice as much power as we make now!
And all of it needs to be clean power!
So to cut the climate pollution from our power, cars, and buildings we need to INSTALL 7,000 MWs of wind and 6,000 MWs of solar.
Since Minnesota already has 240 megawatts of solar power generation and 1,000 megawatts of wind power generation, that's 191 Megawatts of wind capacity AND 200 Megawatts of solar capacity a year we need to build.
That will solve another 21% of the problem.
🏭 Other Emissions
The last 41% of emissions in Minnesota comes other sources
This includes industry, landfills, and farming.
There's no one solution to solve these problems, but there are a lot of great ideas!
Learn how to electrify your own machines and pass local policy to electrify the restTake Action