Much has been written about the disadvantages of wind and solar renewables in terms of their intermittency, their large footprint on land (and water), the extra costs to connect them to the energy grid, the requirement for duplicative back-up power sources, and other concerns. But as green energy advocates push to massively expand renewables across the globe, the potential for severe environmental and social harm comes more sharply into focus.
With the ongoing climate emergency, there’s a heightened need to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions through whatever means possible.
Despite this, carbon capture technologies have been labelled as a distraction from supporting renewable energies and as extending the life of the oil and gas industry. But this is a technology we cannot ignore.
As we continue to follow energy-related developments that impact our members, the rapid growth of hydrogen production is of particular interest, with implications for Boilermaker jobs and the continued use of fossil fuels with carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS).
The Rural Electrification Act was signed into law 85 years ago this month. It was a visionary infrastructure program for the 20th century, the centerpiece of a federal energy investment strategy that brought growth and prosperity to the South, the West, and across rural America. Because of these investments, generations of Americans were wealthier, healthier and led better lives.
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.