Carbon Capture Coalition Commends Senate Vote to Begin Debate on Bipartisan Infrastructure Package
July 29, 2021 | Legislation
The following statement can be attributed to Brad Crabtree, Director of the Carbon Capture Coalition, in response to the Senate’s vote on Wednesday to move forward with debate on the bipartisan infrastructure package:
“The Carbon Capture Coalition commends Senators from both political parties and the Biden Administration for negotiating the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework, which includes groundbreaking provisions to scale deployment of carbon capture, removal, utilization and associated CO2 transport and geologic storage infrastructure. This legislation presents Congress with the opportunity to ensure the long-term viability of important industries that safeguard millions of existing high-wage jobs for American workers, providing stability for their families, communities, and regional economies, while helping to put our nation’s economy on a path to net-zero emissions in fulfillment of our climate obligations.
“The Coalition is encouraged that the bipartisan package includes the full text of the Energy Infrastructure Act, which was passed out of the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee earlier this month. The Energy Infrastructure Act features top Coalition demonstration and deployment priorities, including the widely supported SCALE Act in its entirety to help finance the buildout of CO2 transport and storage infrastructure, as well as funding for critical 2020 Energy Act authorizations to support commercial-scale demonstrations and FEED studies for carbon capture, direct air capture and carbon utilization technologies and, for the first time, establish regional hydrogen and direct air capture hubs.
“Enactment of this bipartisan package, together with the passage of key complementary tax provisions in both the American Jobs Plan and broadly supported bipartisan legislation, would represent the most ambitious portfolio of carbon management policies in the world to date and position our nation’s industrial, energy and manufacturing sectors for global leadership in achieving net-zero emissions by midcentury, while ensuring the long-term competitiveness of key domestic industries and sustaining the high-wage jobs base and communities that depend on them.”
The Carbon Capture Coalition is a nonpartisan collaboration of more than 80 businesses and organizations building federal policy support for economywide deployment of carbon capture, removal, transport, utilization, and storage. Our mission is to reduce carbon emissions to meet midcentury climate goals, foster domestic energy and industrial production, and support a high-wage jobs base through the adoption of carbon capture technologies. Convened by the Great Plains Institute, Coalition membership includes industry, energy, and technology companies; energy and industrial labor unions; and conservation, environmental, and energy policy organizations.