|April 23th, 2019
Washington, D.C.: Senator Barrasso (R-WY)’s USE IT Act, approved by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee last week, received generally positive marks, along with some suggested changes, in a robust discussion online by energy professionals from private companies, academia, and nonprofits, who debated the USE IT Act and the role of carbon capture, utilization, and storage/sequestration (CCUS) as a climate change solution.
OurEnergyPolicy.org has released a key comments document with highlights from the discussion, which members of Congress and their staff, journalists, and other entities interested in carbon capture can access as the USE IT Act advances in the Senate and as carbon capture legislation continues to receive attention in Congress.
“Bipartisan bills like the USE IT Act can benefit from the different perspectives and innovative ideas provided by our broad community of energy experts,” said Bill Squadron, President of OurEnergyPolicy.org. “We are pleased to work with Senator Barrasso and the other legislators to have OurEnergyPolicy.org’s platform for constructive dialogue generate valuable input on the proposed legislation.”
The USE IT Act (Utilizing Significant Emissions with Innovative Technologies Act, S. 383) is cosponsored by eight Democrats and five Republicans, including Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and James Inhofe (R-OK). It would support carbon dioxide (CO2) utilization and direct air capture research, as well as expedite permitting and development of CCUS projects and CO2 pipelines.
OurEnergyPolicy.org experts in its community of 1,600 energy professionals expressed a range of perspectives in the online discussion, including the following points:
On the role of CCUS in addressing climate change –
On the USE IT Act –
Interested parties can see the key comments document for a full, categorized compilation of comment excerpts from the OurEnergyPolicy.org discussion.
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