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Thank you to the Prairie Hill Learning Center students for bringing the very important issue of climate change to the forefront. The dedication of the students to this issue is phenomenal. It is more true today than ever — that these students ARE the future.
This resolution gives scientific facts and data about how our climate is changing and asks the leaders of Nebraska to acknowledge their role in the changing climate and to make a commitment to the work that needs done to mitigate the effects of that change. The students wrote the resolution and asked me to submit it. I consider it my honor to do so. Students gathered signatures from Senators and participated in a press conference this morning and will stay through the afternoon for their Friday strike event to bring awareness to climate change issues.
The bill is expected to be submitted Monday, January 13, 2020. Look for a resolution number after that date and watch nebraskalegislature.gov for a hearing date and progress of the resolution.
Senator Rick Kolowski participated in the Nebraska Wind and Solar Conference in Lincoln on October 29. Long a supporter of wind energy, Senator Kolowski now has a bill in Committee to expand residential use of solar energy systems.
A few tidbits from the conference:
Nebraska is poised to “pop” with solar production expected to grow exponentially in the next few years.
Nebraska is a net exporter of electricity.
The overall carbon footprint of power production in Nebraska has already been greatly reduced by the retiring of coal and the increase in renewable energy sources, mostly wind. This trend will continue for the near future. This change is driven by market forces, not regulation of any kind.
We love public power!
For specifics please look for the presentations from the conference on the Nebraska Wind and Solar Conference website: https://www.nebraskawsc.com
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