Climate Declaration Sponsored by More Than 200 Scientists at Universities and Colleges Across Iowa

That is the recommendation in the most recent Iowa Climate Statement issued on Wednesday by a coalition of about 223 scientists and researchers at 34 colleges and universities around Iowa.

Recalling the derecococession that left more than 500.000 Iowans without power last year, scientists said Wednesday that the state has to bolster its grid to be more resilient to the extreme weather events brought about by climate change.

“Each of the recently increasing number of unprecedented climate extremes, such as the derecho in Iowa, the extreme freeze in Texas and the wildfires in the western US have revealed new and disturbing challenges for electric grid reliability,” said Gene Takle, professor emeritus of agroecology at Iowa State University.

Jim McCalley, an engineering professor at Iowa State University, said the electrical infrastructure is not meant to be able to withstand the heavy storms and other hazards Iowa now faces.

Strengthening the grid will also enable more wind and solar power, a crucial move that McCalley said would enable the nation to bring net greenhouse gas emissions quickly to zero.

Iowa State University

Iowa State University of Science and Technology is a public land-grant research university in Ames, Iowa. (wikipedia)

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Alliant Energy

Alliant Energy is a public utility holding company headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin providing power in Iowa and Wisconsin. (wikipedia)

colleges and universities in Iowa

There are sixty colleges and universities in the U.S. state of Iowa that are listed under the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. (wikipedia)

Duane Arnold Energy Center

Iowa’s only nuclear power plant. It is located on a 500-acre site on the west bank of the Cedar River, two miles north-northeast of Palo, Iowa, USA, or eight miles northwest of Cedar Rapids (wikipedia)

Ames, Iowa

Ames north of Des Moines in central Iowa. It is best known as the home of Iowa State University , with leading agriculture, design, engineering, and veterinary medicine colleges. (wikipedia)

Alliant Energy PowerHouse

Alliant Energy PowerHouse is a multi-purpose arena located in the downtown area of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (wikipedia)