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The Storing CO2 and Lowering Emissions Act (SCALE Act), introduced by Representatives Marc Veasey (D-TX), David McKinley (R-WV), Cheri Bustos (D-IL), and Pete Stauber (R-MN) on December 16, would enable CO2 transport and storage infrastructure required to scale up carbon capture, removal, use, and storage across domestic industries, including those that are difficult to decarbonize. The SCALE Act would give the federal government tools to enable US leadership on critical technology innovation and deployment in industries across the economy.

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Matt Chester on Dec 23, 2020

Interesting development-- what might be the time scale at which this could see carbon capture become viable? 

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Nathan Wilson on Dec 24, 2020

While I'm not a strong advocate for CC&S, with current enthusiasm for renewables, we need to acknowledge that a very-low emission energy system dominated by variable renewables becomes much more affordable when fossil fuel (and/or bio-energy and/or direct-air-capture of CO2) with CC&S is included (see the recent Princeton study, starting at slide 231, the latest of many to confirm this point).

As an alternative, I believe nuclear waste will be easier & safer to transport, store, and verify than CO2, due to its visible and solid form and exceptionally low volume per unit energy generated.  But geologists assure us that storing either is viable.

So this legislation is good news.

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