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1 What can Oregon do to cut back on CO2 emissions in the atmosphere? By: Rhianna Wallace and Miles Phillips

2 State Per Capital Emissions (tons/yr) Share of Country Total Emissions (percentage) Montana % Washington % Oregon % Idaho % USA % Pacific Northwest CO2 Emissions Per Capita in 2007

3  Department of Environmental Quality budget $36,839,623  Works closely with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)  Oregon Low Emissions Vehicle Program  Oregon Clean Diesel grant and tax credit program  Tax credit programs for home appliances, heating, air systems and vehicles Ways Oregon is already cutting back on CO2 emissions

4 Our Idea Natural Gas Turbines vs. Coal Power Pros  Natural Gas Turbines  45% efficiency  Emits less CO2  Saves money Cons  Coal Powered Turbines  34% efficiency  Produces Co2, So2, Coal Ash, No2  Increases particulates in the ozone

5  Average home uses 11,040 kWh of electricity per year  Average conventional steam turbine (coal) CO2 emissions: 325 g C/kWhe  Best available combined-cycle gas turbine CO2 emissions: 140 g C/kWhe  Molecular weight of carbon = 12  Molecular weight of CO2 = 44 Data

6  11,040 kWh x 325 grams carbon/ kWhe = 3.59 x 10 6 gram carbon = 3.59 Tonnes  Convert into Tonnes CO2  44/12 x 3.59 Tonnes = Tonnes Co2 Coal Equation

7  11,040 kWh x 140 grams carbon/ kWhe = 1.55 x 10 6 Grams Carbon = 1.55 Tonnes Carbon  Convert into Tonnes Co2  44/12 x 1.55 Tonnes Carbon = 5.68 Tonnes CO2  Coal:13.16 Tonnes CO2, Natural Gas: 5.68 Tonnes Co2  Tonnes CO2/5.68 Tonnes CO2 = 2.3 Tonnes Co2 Natural Gas Equation

8  We used the average American home in kWh not the average Oregonian Home  We used our CO2 emission numbers from 2006 not the most current numbers Limitations

9  If Oregon does its part to lower emissions maybe other states will lower their emissions causing a domino effect across the nation.  If USA lowers emissions and signs treaties like the Kyoto Protocol the world attitude toward CO2 emissions might change! Conclusion

10 CountryAnnual CO2 emissions (thousands of metric tonnes) Global Total (percentage) China6,538, % United States5,838, % European Union (27)4,177, % India1,612,3625.5% Russia1,537, % Japan1,254, % Germany787, % Canada557, % United Kingdom539, % World29,321,302100% World Comparison CO2 Emission by Country

11   n_dioxide_emissions n_dioxide_emissions  dioxide_emissions dioxide_emissions  Ristinen, Robert and Jack Kraushaar. Energy and the Environment John Wiley & Sons Inc., Hoboken, NJ. pgs  -ppa -ppa Sources


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