The far left should focus on results, not means

What is the result that we are working to achieve? This is the question environmentalists should be asking themselves when discussing climate change, emission reductions, and our future use of energy.

If reducing emissions is really our goal, then all methods and technologies that reduce emissions should be encouraged, not just politically correct forms of energy like wind and solar. This is particularly true for carbon capture, use or storage (CCS or CCUS) technology. Carbon capture initiatives were developed in the United States almost 50 years ago and are a prime example of free enterprise solving complex problems.

Whether the carbon is used for enhanced oil recovery to produce more fuel, reused as “recycled” products, or simply stored underground, CCUS technology is widely recognized as essential for reducing emissions while meeting our needs. energy and manufacturing. Environmentalists want you to believe that we have to choose between reducing emissions or profiting from the use of oil and natural gas. But that’s a wrong choice: we can, and we’ve done both.

CCUS systems and facilities are historically underused and underdeveloped, with only about two dozen existing today. A recent assessment report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change highlighted that meeting the Paris Agreement criteria was 138 percent more costly when carbon capture was not included as a ‘option. If leftists are serious about achieving these goals, it should be obvious that more efficient use of carbon capture would be beneficial.

The Texas Gulf Coast is an ideal location for carbon capture storage, with a dense concentration of industrial producers and unique bedrock geologic formations beneath the Gulf of Mexico. With hundreds of kilometers of existing pipelines, CO2 from dozens of large facilities could be stored offshore, thousands of feet below the seabed and under dense rock layers.

This is an opportunity for the United States to set the bar for carbon capture technologies and standards through free enterprise and innovation. If Green New Deal supporters like Senator Bernie Sanders and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are as concerned about environmental progress as they claim, they should support CCUS as a real and effective solution to mitigate emissions while enabling the continued use of cheap, abundant commodities and reliable oil and natural gas. Unfortunately, however, they seem more interested in reducing emissions through increased government control and spending, while supporting expensive and unreliable forms of energy.

The government should not pick winners and losers. Instead, it should step aside so that innovative free market solutions, like CCUS, can revolutionize energy production and use while reducing emissions. Texas must continue to demonstrate that it prioritizes consumer choice and trustworthiness over signals of virtue to a small group of political activists.

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