This summer the writer kayaked the 2,341 miles of the Missouri River, documenting the impacts to surrounding communities of the coal plants he encountered along the way, raising awareness about climate change and the need for bolder, swifter action.
By Graham Jordison, Omaha World-Herald
Paddling the Missouri River was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I knew the challenges that lay ahead and I learned to embrace them. At times I was uncertain whether I would finish my journey, but I knew in the end it would make me a better person. I know that OPPD ‘s path to decarbonization will the the hardest thing the utility will overcome. OPPD too will face challenges that it will have to embrace, but in the end it will be a much better company for Omaha and all of Nebraska.
I hope you will join me in urging the OPPD board and senior leadership to choose an accelerated decarbonization pathway to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2035 and stop burning coal in the next decade. Read more here.
Graham Jordison of Lincoln is a Sierra Club organizing representative.
You can write to OPPD Board Members and Senior Managers HERE.
- Rolling Down the River, contributed by Kietryn Zychal for Sierra Magazine. She also created the above image.
- Kayaking to Cut Coal Fired Power Plants: 2,341 Miles Down the Missouri River, by Clarence Dennis, Flatland KC
OPPD YouTube Video: Pathways to Decarbonization: Energy Portfolio Final Results
NEBRASKA PUBLIC POWER DISTRICT
NPPD Board approves net-zero carbon goal by 2050, NPPD News Release
NPPD President and CEO Tom Kent says, “We believe it will take a variety of actions to reach this goal, from alternative fuels, energy efficiency projects, lower or zero carbon emission generation resources, carbon capture, carbon-offsets, beneficial electrification, energy storage, and other new emerging technologies that may not yet be commercially available or have yet to be developed.”
ACP Statement on Nebraska Public Power District net-zero carbon emissions goal, American Clean Power Association
FEATURED NEBRASKA WIND & SOLAR CONFERENCE VIDEO
- Tom Kent, CEO, Nebraska Public Power District
- Kevin Wailes, CEO, Lincoln Electric System
- Javier Fernandez, CEO, Omaha Public Power District
- Moderator: Stephen Bruckner, Partner, Fraser Stryker