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IOWA CLIMATE CHANGE INDEX

Information included in the Iowa Climate Change Index is drawn from public sources such as government websites, news articles and other public databases.

CLEAN ENERGY ECONOMY

  • Number of energy efficiency jobs in Iowa: nearly 20,000
  • Number of energy efficiency businesses in Iowa: nearly 3,000
  • Number of solar jobs in Iowa: over 800
  • Number of homes in Iowa that could be powered by solar energy: over 10,000
  • Number of solar businesses in Iowa: 64
  • Number of Iowans working in energy transmission, distribution and storage: over 13,500
  • Number of jobs supported by wind energy in Iowa in 2018: 10,000
  • Number of wind turbines in Iowa: over 4,800
  • Number of milliwatts of wind capacity installed in Iowa: 8,900
  • Number of homes that could be powered by wind generation in Iowa in 2018: over 2 million
  • Number of gallons of water consumption saved by Iowa wind power generation in 2017: 4.8 billion
  • Number of metric tons of CO2 emissions avoided by Iowa wind power generation in 2018: 8.8 million
  • Number of active wind manufacturing facilities in Iowa: 10

EXTREME WEATHER IMPACTS 

  • Amount of precipitation that has increased in Iowa since the 20th century: 5 inches
  • Number of presidentially-declared disasters from 1990 to 2018 that have occurred in Iowa: 43
  • Number of heat days Iowa is expected to face by 2050: 40 days
  • Number of people killed by extreme weather in Iowa in 2018: 1
  • Number of people living in Iowa particularly vulnerable to extreme heat: 70,000
  • Number of extreme weather events that caused over $1 billion in economic losses from 2007-2016: 21
  • Number of acres consumed by wildfires in Iowa in 2018: over 8,000

PUBLIC OPINION RESEARCH

  • Percentage of Iowans that believe climate change was happening in 2019: 61%
  • Percentage of Iowans that believe climate change was caused mostly by human activities in 2019: 50%
  • Percentage of Iowans who support setting carbon pollution limits on existing coal-fired power plants: 64%