More than 500 environmental and community groups – from the Nassau Hiking & Outdoor Club to Greenpeace USA – have called on United States and Canadian leaders to abandon efforts to capture carbon emissions from fossil fuels and work harder to curb fossil fuel use in the first place.
The technology, known as “carbon capture and storage,” or CCS, attempts to collect carbon dioxide generated by coal- or gas-fired power production or plastics manufacturing. Those “captured” emissions then get pumped to sites where they are used for industrial processes or stored underground.
But a campaign, coordinated by Center for International Environmental Law, counters that “at best” CCS prevents some emissions from reaching the atmosphere – provided the captured gases are not later released.
At worst, the coalition claims, CCS masks emissions, increases pipeline infrastructure, and prolongs the fossil fuel era.
The coalition of 500 international, US, and Canadian organizations sent an open letter to policymakers Monday, calling on them to reject carbon capture and storage schemes as they are “unnecessary, ineffective, exceptionally risky, and at odds with a just energy transition and the principles of environmental justice.
The letter was accompanied by full-page ads in The Washington Post and The (Ottawa) Hill Times.
“Simply put, technological carbon capture is a dangerous distraction,” the coalition said. “We don’t need to fix fossil fuels, we need to ditch them.” 07-20-21