McKinley: “Developing Carbon Capture Is Paramount”

McKinley Addresses CCS Technologies, Infrastructure at Carbon Capture Coalition Event

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. David B. McKinley, P.E. (R-W.Va.) was a featured guest speaker for the 2020 annual meeting of the Carbon Capture Coalition. The virtual conference was attended by nearly 100 attendees representing energy companies, project developers, labor, and environmental groups.

In his remarks, McKinley discussed carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS) as a more realistic and pragmatic option to reduce emissions, rather than simply closing coal and gas plants.

“For years we have been pushing for an energy policy that focuses on innovation that allows America to utilize all of our energy resources more responsibly,” McKinley said. “It is vital that America develops the technologies and infrastructure needed to reduce emissions – both by capturing the Co2 at its source and building the pipelines to move it to other locations for storage and utilization.”

“Our ultimate goal becomes is to export that technology to other nations, specifically China and India. At the end of the day, even if America totally stopped emitting carbon, with the amount being produced by China and India alone we would still face wildfires on the West Coast, droughts in the Midwest, and hurricanes on the East Coast,” added McKinley.


McKinley has been a staunch supporter of developing carbon capture technologies.

  • In 2017, he was a lead co-sponsor of the Carbon Capture Act (H.R. 3761), which was inserted into the bipartisan budget agreement, which expanded the existing tax credit for carbon capture and make it more appealing.
  • In 2019, he introduced the USE IT Act (H.R.1166), a bipartisan, bicameral bill that supports the development and demonstration of vital carbon capture and removal technologies.
  • In 2019, he was a lead co-sponsor on the Fossil Energy Research and Development Act of 2019 (H.R.3607). The bill continues to reauthorize research activities in the Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy and set priorities for the next generation of clean energy technologies that will help the energy industry continue to flourish in our country.
  • In 2020, released legislative language for an energy and climate proposal. This bipartisan approach would establish an energy innovation program that invests CCUS, advanced nuclear, and renewables with storage for a decade, followed by a clean energy standard for the power sector.
  • This month introduced the ACCESS 45Q Act (H.R. 8858). This bipartisan legislation extends the date for projects to begin construction to claim the 45Q tax credit for carbon oxide sequestration by ten years. It also provides a direct pay elective for the full value of the tax credit, which makes it more useful for project developers.


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