The US Senate has passed the Utilising Significant Emissions with Innovative Technologies (USE IT) Act, as part of the National Defence Authorisation Act.
The USE IT Act would support carbon utilisation and direct air capture research. Research of this kind is already taking place at research facilities such as the Integrated Test Centre outside of Gillette, Wyoming.
US Senator John Barrasso, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works worked with Senate Armed Service Committee Chairman, Jim Inhofe, to include the bill in NDAA.
The bill would also support federal, state, and non-governmental collaboration in the construction and development of carbon capture, utilisation, and sequestration (CCUS) facilities and carbon dioxide (CO2) pipelines.
“I want to make American energy as clean as we can, as fast as we can without raising costs on families,” said Barrasso.
“The best way to do that is through innovation, not government regulation. The USE IT Act is a bipartisan bill to promote carbon capture technologies that take carbon out of the air and find productive uses for it.”
“The USE IT Act aligns with my goal of making Wyoming a global leader in carbon capture technology,” said Governor Mark Gordon.
“Wyoming has made significant investments in developing carbon management technologies, recognising it is the only viable pathway to meaningfully impact CO2 reductions in a carbon constrained society,” said Jason Begger, Wyoming Infrastructure Authority’s Executive Director.
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