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To get to zero by 2050, Nebraska must cut climate pollution by 3.4 million metric tons of C02 equivalent a year.
Emissions in Nebraska
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
5% of emissions in Nebraska 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 1.2 million buildings in Nebraska and 35% of building systems are already electrified.
We need to electrify the remaining 774,000 buildings in Nebraska. That's around 28,000 per year.
That will solve 5% of the problem.
🚗 Getting Around
15% of emissions in Nebraska 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 625,000 vehicles in Nebraska and 2,000 are already electric (0.3% of the total).
We need to electrify the remaining 623,000 vehicles. That's around 22,000 a year.
That will solve another 15% of the problem.
🔌 Power Generation
24% of emissions in Nebraska 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 Nebraska we need to close and replace:
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
C W Burdick
Terry Bundy Generating Station
20 oil plants
Red Willow County
...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 3,000 MWs of wind and 3,000 MWs of solar.
Since Nebraska already has 9 megawatts of solar power generation and 1,000 megawatts of wind power generation, that's 55 Megawatts of wind capacity AND 93 Megawatts of solar capacity a year we need to build.
That will solve another 24% of the problem.
🏭 Other Emissions
The last 55% of emissions in Nebraska 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