Carbon capture use and storage (“carbon capture”) has been heavily promoted as a climate "solution" by the coal, oil, and gas industries. Using carbon capture technology, industries claim they will recover post-combustion carbon dioxide from their flues and smokestacks and either “store” the gas permanently underground in sedimentary rock or “use” the gas to recover oil or make other products.
But on closer inspection, carbon capture is a false promise. On top of this, wide-scale industrial expansion of carbon capture technology would harm historically marginalized communities that already bear disproportionate environmental burdens.
In this March 10 webinar co-hosted with the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice, advocates and experts discussed the latest updates on the proposed rollout of carbon capture in Louisiana and how communities and advocates are responding to this threat. The Center for Progressive Reform's policy brief on the topic served as a springboard for the discussion.