“Carbon capture and sequestration” isn’t proven to work and would exacerbate fossil fuel harms.

by Basav Sen, Truthout

On May 11, President Joe Biden’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed regulations to limit greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, primarily by requiring plants to capture emissions from their smokestacks.

Limiting greenhouse emissions from power generation is a good thing. Unfortunately, relying on “capturing emissions” to do it is a singularly bad idea.

President Joe Biden delivers remarks about new actions to advance environmental justice in the Rose Garden at the White House.

Biden’s plan is a reference to carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technology, which would theoretically allow power plants to “capture” carbon emissions before they’re released and “sequester” them away underground. But the technology has major problems that the proposed regulations ignore.

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