We certainly hope that it doesn’t take 400 years to transform our global energy system. If it does, add that to the list of reasons why carbon capture, utilization, and sequestration (CCUS) is absolutely necessary in the fight against climate change. There just isn’t another way to achieve our goals. In fact, carbon capture is mentioned several times in this article as a requirement in the overhauling of our energy system.
One of the most immediate reasons for why we need massive-scale CCUS is illustrated in the paragraph below:
“Carbon dioxide works on a time delay. It takes about 10 years to achieve its full warming effect, and it stays in the atmosphere for thousands of years. After we’ve tipped into the danger zone, eliminating carbon dioxide emissions doesn’t decrease the effects; it can only prevent them from getting worse. Whatever level of climate change we allow to unfold is locked in for millennia, unless we develop technologies to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere on a massive scale.”
Wise government policies and increased research and development are needed across the entire renewable and cleantech sectors - especially when it comes to CCUS. A cap-and-trade system or carbon fee and dividend (supported by the Citizens’ Climate Lobby) would help immensely.
Speaking of policy, stay tuned for updates on the new Utilizing Significant Emissions with Innovative Technologies (USE IT) Act. This is the next step after the recently expanded and improved 45Q tax credits (FUTURE Act).
There is much to be done; but we can do it if we choose to do so. Check out our Take Action! page to find out how you can get involved in supporting CCUS!