May 22, 2018

Duckworth Amendment to Promote Carbon Capture Technology Advances Through EPW Committee


[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, announced that her amendment to support carbon storage was included in the bipartisan Utilizing Significant Emissions with Innovative Technology Act (USE IT) that passed the EPW committee today and is now set for consideration on the Senate Floor. Duckworth is a cosponsor of the USE IT Act, and her amendment would authorize the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Energy (DOE) to produce a report on permanent geologic storage to better understand the long-term risks and provide recommendations to manage those risks.

“I’ve seen firsthand in Illinois how effective carbon capture, utilization and storage can be in bringing economic and environmental benefits. Investing in research and infrastructure for these technologies has the potential to encourage job growth, fight climate change and secure our global leadership in the energy sector for years to come,” Duckworth said. “My amendment will help our nation achieve those goals, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to support these emerging technologies by passing the USE IT Act.”

As a member of the EPW Committee, Duckworth is a strong advocate for investing in carbon capture, utilization and storage. In 2017, Senator Duckworth spoke at an EPW Committee hearing about the importance of investing in carbon capture technologies, both to protect national security and the environment.