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Carbon Capture Legislation

Ian Scott on Friday, May 1, 2009 at 12:32:00 am

As congress starts to debate cap-and-trade legislation designed to drastically reduce carbon dioxide emissions, the coal rich state of Montana is developing policy that would allow CO2 to be buried underground.

Montana is not alone in its plans to liquefy and bury CO2, states from New Jersey to Missouri are also looking at carbon sequestration projects.  This is a pressing issue since C02 is under heavy fire and more than 50% of our electrical power comes from coal fired plants.

The potential legal issues related to carbon sequestration, however, are extremely complex and would requiring in-depth policy making.  The problem, not many people know much about burying carbon dioxide.

For a detailed look at this important issue, check out this article from Stateline.org: States retooling laws to bury coal's CO2

Stateline.org is is a nonprofit, nonpartisan online news site that practices journalism in the public interest by reporting on emerging trends and issues in state policy and politics.  It is a project of the Pew Center for the States, a division of the Pew Charitable Trust.

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