by Steve Milloy, E&E Legal Senior Media Fellow and Junkscience.com Founder
As appearing on American Greatness
However you slice it, carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) is an expensive futility and greenwashing boondoggle masquerading a policy alternative for managing the climate hysteria via technology.
House Minority leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) is releasing a climate bill this week. The purpose is “to put the GOP on the map on climate” in response to polls reporting that enough young voters have finally succumbed to a lifetime of being propagandized on climate.
No sane Republican politician would saddle our economy with pointlessly expensive—the only kind that there are—climate regulations. But there are many who would gladly try to appease climate alarmists by throwing around limited amounts of taxpayer dollars on various boondoggles to make it look like they take the matter seriously. One of these boondoggles is carbon capture and sequestration (CCS)—which is the focus of McCarthy’s bill.
The basic CCS idea is to capture carbon dioxide (CO2) either as it comes out of, say, a power plant smokestack or to have virtual vacuum cleaners literally suck CO2 out of the air. In either case, because CO2 is a gas, it then needs to be converted into a liquid or a solid and then stored somewhere. Technologies for both already exist and are in use to a limited extent. The former technology has some actual value—not related to climate—while the latter is just a steroidal high school science fair project.