Carbon Capture and Sequestration

Chapter 28, Legal Pathways to Deep Decarbonization in the United States (Michael B. Gerrard and John C. Dernbach eds., ELI 2019)

36 Pages Posted: 18 Jun 2019

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Wendy Jacobs

Harvard Law School

Michael Craig

University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability

Date Written: March 1, 2019

Abstract

This chapter addresses the use of carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) to achieve significant reductions in emissions of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere by 2050. Regardless of one’s views about the cause, pace, or even existence of climate change, the time is ripe to drive CCS forward. National and state investment in and support of CCS are completely consistent with the Trump Administration’s goals to (1) invest in infrastructure projects; (2) continue U.S. reliance on fossil fuels; (3) create jobs; and (4) make America great. CCS can help achieve these goals and more. This chapter provides an overview and explains why, despite much study and decades of use of the technology, its widespread adoption in the United States has not yet occurred. The chapter also describes the potential of CCS for achieving deep decarbonization of the U.S. power sector and explains the key components of CCS. The chapter identifies and recommends federal and state legal reforms necessary to drive CCS forward.

Suggested Citation

Jacobs, Wendy and Craig, Michael, Carbon Capture and Sequestration (March 1, 2019). Chapter 28, Legal Pathways to Deep Decarbonization in the United States (Michael B. Gerrard and John C. Dernbach eds., ELI 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3401895 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3401895

Wendy Jacobs (Contact Author)

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Michael Craig

University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability ( email )

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