In June, 2014, a man began digging into the soft red earth in the back yard of his house, on the outskirts of Kolwezi, a city in the southern Democratic Republic of the Congo. As the man later told neighbors, he had intended to create a pit for a new toilet. About eight feet into the soil, his shovel hit a slab of gray rock that was streaked with black and punctuated with what looked like blobs of bright-turquoise mold. He had struck a seam of heterogenite, an ore that can be refined into cobalt, one of the elements used in lithium-ion batteries.
If we want any chance of meeting the ambitious climate goals laid out by the 2015 Paris Agreement, it’s becoming increasingly clear that we’ll need to find a way to actually reverse past emissions.
That’s why a team of scientists from the University of California San Diego and Texas A&M University published a call to arms, Wired reports, saying that a “wartime-like crash deployment” of carbon capture technology will play a crucial part in saving us from climate change-induced devastation.
Way forward must include CCUS and the preservation—and growth—of good union jobs and pensions
Once President-elect Joe Biden has been inaugurated on Jan. 20, his administration will begin implementing a range of policies that will shape U.S. governance for the next four years, perhaps longer.
The Biden climate policy, above all others, will directly impact Boilermaker jobs, pensions and the future of our union. It is critical, therefore, that we remain engaged as this policy unfolds and that we strongly communicate our needs and expectations.
After more than a decade involving little new construction activity, U.S. projects designed to remove carbon dioxide (CO₂) from the atmosphere and either store it deep underground or put it to some beneficial use are seeing a resurgence in popularity.
The U.S. presidential election is all over save for the shouting. The election offered Americans stark differences between two visions for their country. One of the starkest was in climate and energy policy.
President-elect Joe Biden wants to spend $2 trillion to decarbonize the U.S. economy. Part of that massive investment will be used to accelerate the development and deployment of carbon capture and negative-emissions technologies.
As the world dices with the climate emergency, businesses and governments are starting to push funding toward technology that aims to trap planet-heating gases rather than let them saturate the atmosphere.
“Energy Transitions: The Framework for Good Jobs in a Low-Carbon Future” provides a comprehensive overview of a suite of climate and labor policies, supported by the AFL-CIO and EFI, that will accelerate America’s transition to a low carbon economy while preserving and creating access to high quality jobs.