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To get to zero by 2050, Texas must cut climate pollution by
32.4 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent a year.
Emissions in Texas
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
3% of Texas'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 Texas's 10.7 million buildings.
In fact, 57% of buildings in Texas are already fossil fuel free!
That means we only need to electrify the remaining 4.6 million dirty buildings in Texas. That's around 167,000 per year.
Electrifying all buildings cuts 3% of the pollution.
Decarbonize Our Transport
27% of Texas'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 8.1 million vehicles in Texas and 52,000 are already electric (0.6% of the total).
We need to electrify (or replace) the remaining 8.0 million gas-powered vehicles. That's around 289,000 a year.
Electrifying all transportation cuts 27% of the pollution.
Decarbonize Our Power
22% of Texas'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 Texas
16 coal plants
W A Parish
Fort Bend County
159 gas plants
Forney Power Plant
6 oil plants
Valero Refinery Corpus Christi West
State Farm Insur Support Center Central
Seadrift Coke LP
PRSI FCC Generator
El Paso 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 29,000 Megawatts of wind power and 35,000 Megawatts of solar power.
Since Texas already has 11,000 Megawatts of wind and 2,000 Megawatts of solar, that's 33,000 Megawatts of wind power we need to build and 33,000 Megawatts of solar power. That's around 614 Megawatts of wind power and 1,000 Megawatts of solar power a year.
Decarbonizing all dirty power cuts 22% of the pollution.
And gives us zero-emissions power we need to eliminate pollution from buildings and cars!
The last 47% of Texas'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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