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To get to zero by 2050, North Dakota must cut climate pollution by 3.4 million metric tons of C02 equivalent a year.
Emissions in North Dakota
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
3% of emissions in North Dakota 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 568,000 buildings in North Dakota and 43% of building systems are already electrified.
We need to electrify the remaining 327,000 buildings in North Dakota. That's around 12,000 per year.
That will solve 3% of the problem.
🚗 Getting Around
10% of emissions in North Dakota 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 216,000 vehicles in North Dakota and 220 are already electric (0.1% of the total).
We need to electrify the remaining 215,000 vehicles. That's around 8,000 a year.
That will solve another 10% of the problem.
🔌 Power Generation
33% of emissions in North Dakota 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 North Dakota we need to close and replace:
7 coal plants
Milton R Young
R M Heskett
2 gas plants
Lonesome Creek Station
Pioneer Generating Station
5 oil plants
Portable Generator 2
Portable Generator 3
...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 2,000 MWs of wind and 2,000 MWs of solar.
Since North Dakota already has 0 megawatts of solar power generation and 2,000 megawatts of wind power generation, that's 11 Megawatts of wind capacity AND 78 Megawatts of solar capacity a year we need to build.
That will solve another 33% of the problem.
🏭 Other Emissions
The last 54% of emissions in North Dakota 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