Senate Environment Panel approves Carbon Capture Bill

Apr 10 2019

The USE IT Act would support carbon utilization and direct air capture research. The bill would also support federal, state, and non-governmental collaboration in the construction and development of carbon capture, utilization, and sequestration (CCUS) facilities and carbon dioxide (CO2) pipelines.

The Utilizing Significant Emissions with Innovative Technologies (USE IT) Act has passed the committee stage.

The USE IT Act will:

  • Narrowly amend the Clean Air Act to direct the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to use its existing authority to support carbon utilization and direct air capture research;
  • Clarify that CCUS projects and CO2 pipelines are eligible for the permitting review process established by the FAST Act;
  • Direct the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) to establish guidance to assist project developers and operators of CCUS facilities and CO2 pipelines;
  • Establish task forces to hear input from affected stakeholders for updating and improving guidance over time; and
  • Build on the FUTURE Act, bipartisan legislation – now signed into law – introduced by Barrasso, Whitehouse, and Capito to extend and expand the 45Q tax credit to provide certainty to utilities and other industrial sources and incentivize the build-out of CCUS projects.

U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), made the following remarks:

“The USE IT Act is bipartisan piece of legislation to promote carbon capture technologies that take carbon out of the air and find productive uses for it.

"Carbon capture, utilization and sequestration is needed to reduce the impacts of climate change while also delivering abundant and affordable energy to the nation.

“You don’t have to take my word for it.

“Across the board, carbon capture is seen as a critically important technology.

“State governments, industry stakeholders, labor organizations like the Utility Workers Union of America, and environmental groups like the Audubon Society or the Nature Conservancy all recognize the importance of carbon capture. 

“At our hearing in February to consider the USE IT Act, we heard about the critical role of carbon capture technologies in addressing climate change.

“The Clean Air Task Force testified, ‘Carbon capture, utilization and storage, and direct air capture will play a crucial role in decarbonizing our global energy system.’

“I’ve repeatedly said, the best way to combat climate change is through innovation, not government taxation or regulation.

“The USE IT Act will continue to cement the United States as a global innovation leader in carbon capture.

“The United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has recognized the pivotal role that carbon capture can play in meeting its climate targets.

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