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Idaho’s Changing Climate

We have all heard that climate change is something that will happen in the future. As fossil fuel pollution continues to degrade air quality, we are beginning to experience subtle climatic changes now. Dr. John Abatzoglou of University of Idaho, a leading climate scientist, reports rising temperatures causing faster snowmelt and larger wildfires are something Idaho must address.

Don’t be disheartened. Act now!

Idahoans Taking Action

We have the time and ability to reverse this climate trend by transitioning from fossil fuels to clean energy. Idahoans across the state are taking action for this clean energy future.

Idaho farmers seek clean energy options:

Idaho hosts hundreds of wind turbines and solar panels pumping our clean power along with royalty payments for landowners. After a lull in development due to changes in utility policy, Idaho’s farmers are asking for more opportunity.

Clif Bar goes solar and grows bees:

Clif Bar’s giant bakery in Twin Falls is a leading example of how environmental sustainability is good business. Along with efforts to conserve energy and water, and prevent waste, Clif Bar now has Idaho’s largest on-site solar system. This project is extra special because it integrates habitat for struggling pollinators like butterflies and bees.

Bannock County turns waste into wealth:

Bannock County landfill recently installed another methane capture system at the landfill. Methane, aka natural gas, is a highly potent climate pollutant. By capturing the methane and converting it to electricity, the county is making money while protecting our air and water. This win-win-win solution underlies why Bannock County is going above and beyond the EPA’s regulatory requirements. Good job Bannock County!