It’s Time to Move Away From Coal

Target: Pete Ricketts, Governor of Nebraska

Goal: Call for Nebraska to join 49 other states in transitioning away from a coal powered economy.

The emergence of renewable energy in recent years has fueled a dramatic reduction in coal use across the United States. Nebraska stands alone as the only U.S. state to increase coal production since 2006. This comes despite natural conditions that make it one of the top states for potential wind energy development.

Construction of two new coal fired plants has driven a 6 percent increase in Nebraska’s coal use since 2006. Between 2006 and 2016, 46 states reduced their usage by an average of 22 percent, highlighted by a 95 percent decrease in Connecticut. The three remaining states do not possess coal reserves or plants.

Nebraska’s vast swaths of open land and high year-round winds make it an ideal place for wind energy generation. The state currently generates over 10 percent or 1,300 megawatts of its energy from turbines, enough to power 350,000 homes. This may be only scratching the surface of renewable energy potential, as the American Wind Energy Association projects Nebraska could generate up to 800,000 megawatts of wind energy by 2030. However, state leadership has so far declined to institute renewable energy targets and offers little in the way of incentives for infrastructure development.

Given the potential for expanded wind energy generation there is little justification for Nebraska to continue increasing its use of coal. Please sign the below petition calling on Nebraska’s governor to transition his state towards a renewable energy future.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Governor Ricketts,

I am writing to encourage you to join 46 other states in transitioning away from coal as an energy source. Nebraska is the only state to not have significantly reduced its production of coal in the last decade.

The vast swaths of open land and consistent high winds make your state ideal for wind energy development. Over 10 percent of energy produced in 2016 was generated from wind turbines. However, this is only tapping a tiny fraction of its potential as the American Wind Energy Association projects over 500,000 homes in Nebraska could be powered through wind energy by 2030. This would provide employment to thousands of residents and allow coal use to be halted completely. Please demonstrate your commitment to economic vitality and the environment by instituting incentives for renewable energy and phasing out coal production.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Arby Reed

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5 Comments

  1. Kathryn Irby says:

    Coal Mining is a KILLER!!! Integrity OVER Profits!!!

  2. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    no more coal! ban coal worldwide now!

  3. Nebraska needs to come out of the dark ages.

  4. Selena Brooks says:

    Clean power = Clean air Times have changed and new energy is here.

  5. no more coal mines! keep it in the ground, where it belongs!

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