The White House released a report yesterday outlining a series of actions the federal government could take to speed up the development of carbon capture and storage across the United States, even as the technology faces scrutiny from environmental justice advocates and the left flank of the Democratic Party.
The report, prepared by the Council on Environmental Quality and mandated by Congress, said the Biden administration is committed to the “responsible development and deployment” of carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS), but added the technology will only yield desired benefits if deployment is “well-designed and well-governed.”
To ensure “efficient, orderly, and responsible deployment,” the 84-page report identified a range of areas where CEQ could work with relevant federal agencies, including through the collection of air emissions data associated with projects and potential opportunities for the federal procurement of products made using carbon dioxide.
Other areas include more research into the impact of carbon capture projects on communities with environmental justice concerns, the report said, noting that the “scale of implementation” likely required to meet climate goals “understandably raises concerns about public health and environmental impacts.”
If the United States wants to hit its climate targets, CCUS deployment “should increase tenfold” over the next decade, the report said, citing research.
While CO2 pipelines are critical to greater deployment of the technology in the future, there’s “currently no pipeline network that supports significantly expanded CCUS and large-scale carbon sequestration across all industrial sectors,” it added.
[Carlos Anchondo, Lesley Clark and Kelsey Brugger]