Thursday, June 08, 2017

Coal Industry Begs Congress to Save Carbon Capture from Trump

Future of US carbon capture and storage looks shaky after Trump tried to cut domestic research then choked off access to international collaboration.

Southern Company’s Kemper power plant, a carbon capture and storage facility in Mississippi is running years behind schedule and billions over budget (Photo Credit: XTUV0010) Click to Enlarge.
Coal companies who once thought president Donald Trump an ally in the search for next-generation technology are now looking to Congress to save them from the White House.

In his first budget proposal to Congress, Trump shocked coal advocates by suggesting a steep cut to carbon capture and storage (CCS) research funding.  In all, Trump floated a 77% cut, down to $31 million in fiscal year 2018.

Meanwhile, Trump’s announcement of a withdrawal from the Paris climate deal last week has thrown up barriers between US companies and a potentially lucrative international market for CCS projects that some agencies say are necessary to meet climate goals.

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