IN SEPTEMBER, I joined with the general presidents of other unions in submitting a joint letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt proposing a sensible alternative to the overreaching, job-killing, industry-disrupting Clean Power Plan.
While CO2 concentrations are now higher than they have been in at least 800,000 years, the gas still only accounts for a tiny 0.04% of our atmosphere.
However, extracting carbon dioxide from well mixed air is not just technically difficult, it's expensive as well.
Global investment in low-carbon energy reached USD 850 billion in 2016, with USD 297 billion of that flowing to renewable energy technologies and USD 231 billion to energy efficiency. Much of this investment has been underpinned by government policies and regulation targeted at supporting the shift to a low-carbon energy sector. Yet investment in the deployment of another critical climate technology – carbon capture and storage (CCS)1 – is falling well behind, with only around USD 1.2 billion invested in 2016.
Speaking at the Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA) CCS Forum at the Port of Rotterdam, Global CCS Institute CEO, Brad Page, said CCS is the solution to a raft of climate, economic and social problems.
[TRIANGLE, VA.] The United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) supports today’s withdrawal of the Clean Power Plan (CPP) by the Trump administration, while at the same time encouraging the administration to move quickly to propose a more reasonable replacement rule and step up support of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology and its commercial application.
EPA chief Scott Pruitt tells coal miners he will repeal power plant rule Tuesday: ‘The war against coal is over’
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt told coal miners in Kentucky on Monday that he will move to repeal a rule limiting greenhouse-gas emissions from existing power plants, assuring them, “The war against coal is over.”
So far, President Trump's rhetoric about “clean coal” has been just that so far — talk. And often when Trump stumps in speeches about the fledging technology, which involves capturing carbon dioxide from smokestacks and storing it underground, it’s unclear whether he really understands the basics of it.