The California legislature is considering two bills related to Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage, a major strategy being promoted by the fossil fuel industry to justify continued use of fossil fuels. The idea is to capture carbon dioxide when it’s emitted and store it safely underground.
This unproven technology has received massive public subsidies and often doesn’t work, failing to decrease and in some cases increasing GHG emissions. Because it requires additional energy use, it increases environmental injustice in frontline communities. And, in many cases the extracted CO2 is injected into oil and gas wells to increase their output, adding to fossil fuel extraction.
Two bills related to CCUS have passed the California Senate and are headed for the Assembly.
SB 1101 would create a state program to promote Carbon Capture and Storage.
SB 1314 would prohibit CCS projects from being used for extreme extraction of fossil fuels.
This joint legislative hearing will not directly address these bills, but will consider the issues around CCUS more broadly.
Join the hearing to learn more about this issue and what the legislature is considering. The Center on Race, Poverty, and the Environment is encouraging people to register concerns with the default plan to race ahead with funding CCUS across all sectors with minimal protections for communities.
Wednesday, May 31, 10:30