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Getting to net zero—and even net negative—is surprisingly feasible, and affordable

The pathway for the United States to reach net-zero emissions is surprisingly feasible, according to a new study by the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab.

The C3 Take
  • In this detailed model, researchers have found ways in which the United States can reach net-neutrality by 2050.
  • Infrastructure improvements, as well as energy efficiency, well have a large role in reducing our emissions.
  • Nuclear energy should also be pivotal to reducing our emissions as it is safe, reliable, and our largest source of carbon-free energy.

“The researchers developed multiple feasible technology pathways that differ widely in remaining fossil fuel use, land use, consumer adoption, nuclear energy, and bio-based fuels use but share a key set of strategies. ‘By methodically increasing energy efficiency, switching to electric technologies, utilizing clean electricity (especially wind and solar power), and deploying a small amount of carbon capture technology, the United States can reach zero emissions,’ the authors write in ‘Carbon Neutral Pathways for the United States,’  published recently in the scientific journal AGU Advances.”

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