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To get to zero by 2050, West Virginia must cut climate pollution by
4.1 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent a year.
Emissions in West Virginia
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 West Virginia'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 West Virginia's 1.1 million buildings.
In fact, 46% of buildings in West Virginia are already fossil fuel free!
That means we only need to electrify the remaining 565,000 dirty buildings in West Virginia. That's around 20,000 per year.
Electrifying all buildings cuts 3% of the pollution.
Decarbonize Our Transport
11% of West Virginia'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 509,000 vehicles in West Virginia and 600 are already electric (0.1% of the total).
We need to electrify (or replace) the remaining 508,000 gas-powered vehicles. That's around 18,000 a year.
Electrifying all transportation cuts 11% of the pollution.
Decarbonize Our Power
52% of West Virginia'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 West Virginia
10 coal plants
John E Amos
Harrison Power Station
Mount Storm Power Station
Pleasants Power Station
Fort Martin Power Station
Grant Town Power Plant
Morgantown Energy Facility
4 gas plants
Ceredo Generating Station
Big Sandy Peaker Plant
Pleasants Energy, LLC
Axiall Corporation Natrium Plant
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 4,000 Megawatts of wind power and 5,000 Megawatts of solar power.
Since West Virginia already has 185 Megawatts of wind and 3 Megawatts of solar, that's 5,000 Megawatts of wind power we need to build and 5,000 Megawatts of solar power. That's around 140 Megawatts of wind power and 178 Megawatts of solar power a year.
Decarbonizing all dirty power cuts 52% of the pollution.
And gives us zero-emissions power we need to eliminate pollution from buildings and cars!
The last 34% of West Virginia'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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