by Steve Milloy, E&E Legal Senior Policy Fellow and Junkscience.com Founder
As Appearing in the Washington Examiner
Few Republican politicians are interested in wrecking the economy with pointless climate regulations. But that doesn’t mean they can’t be pressured into less harmful but equally pointless regulations, such as carbon capture and storage.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy recently unveiled a series of bills aimed at spending taxpayer money on carbon capture and storage research, subsidizing ongoing capture and storage, and promoting the so-called Trillion Trees Initiative.
The bills are the Republican response to polls reporting that young GOP voters favor some sort of climate action. But none of these bills and no form of carbon capture will accomplish anything — including appeasing climate activists.
First, the United States could stop emitting carbon dioxide today and for the remainder of the century, and there would only be about a 2% difference in atmospheric carbon dioxide levels. This will not discernibly alter the Earth’s climate.