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To get to zero by 2050, Nebraska must cut climate pollution by
3.4 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent a year.
Emissions in Nebraska
Million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MMTCO2e) emissions
Note: Grey area indicates missing data due to processing delays.
This is how we're going to do it.
- No-till farming to keep CO2 in the soil
- Capturing methane leaks from landfills
- Capturing CO2 to make emissions-free concrete
- Burning green hydrogen to make emissions-free steel
- Plugging methane leaks from gas pipelines
Decarbonize Our Buildings
5% of Nebraska's climate pollution comes from buildings.
We burn fossil fuels to heat our air, water, and food.
To cut this pollution...
Let's electrify our heat!
...in all of Nebraska's 1.2 million buildings.
In fact, 35% of buildings in Nebraska are already fossil fuel free!
That means we only need to electrify the remaining 774,000 dirty buildings in Nebraska. That's around 28,000 per year.
Electrifying all buildings cuts 5% of the pollution.
Decarbonize Our Transport
15% of Nebraska's pollution comes from cars, trucks, trains, and planes.
But mostly from cars.
To cut this pollution,
your next car must be electric.
Or consider going car-free with public transit, bikes/e-bikes, car share, or other alternatives!
There are 625,000 vehicles in Nebraska and 2,000 are already electric (0.3% of the total).
We need to electrify (or replace) the remaining 623,000 gas-powered vehicles. That's around 22,000 a year.
Electrifying all transportation cuts 15% of the pollution.
Decarbonize Our Power
24% of Nebraska's pollution comes from burning coal, gas, and oil to make power.
To cut this pollution...
Put solar panels on your roof!
Then, we'll replace all fossil fuel power plants with solar and wind farms.
...and find good jobs for those workers.
Current Fossil Fuel Power Plants in Nebraska
10 coal plants
Nebraska City Station
Gerald Gentleman Station
North Omaha Station
Gerald Whelan Energy Center
Lon D Wright Power Plant
Archer Daniels Midland Columbus
Archer Daniels Midland Lincoln
Western Sugar Coop - Scottsbluff
Scotts Bluff County
30 gas plants
Cass County Station
Sarpy County Station
20 oil plants
Red Willow County
It's not enough to replace our power plants with wind and solar farms.
To power our electric cars and buildings, we need two times the electricity we have today.
In all, we'll need to build 3,000 Megawatts of wind power and 3,000 Megawatts of solar power.
Since Nebraska already has 1,000 Megawatts of wind and 9 Megawatts of solar, that's 3,000 Megawatts of wind power we need to build and 3,000 Megawatts of solar power. That's around 55 Megawatts of wind power and 93 Megawatts of solar power a year.
Decarbonizing all dirty power cuts 24% of the pollution.
And gives us zero-emissions power we need to eliminate pollution from buildings and cars!
The last 55% of Nebraska's climate pollution comes from other sources...
This includes farming, landfills, industry, and leaks from gas pipelines.
There's no one solution to solve these problems, but there are lots of great ideas:
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