Carbon capture, storage and recycle bill clears first hurdle

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, April 7, 2006 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

Last year, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger issued an executive order that establishes greenhouse gas reduction targets for the state:  Reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 2000 levels by 2010; 1990 levels by 2020; and 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.

This year, a number of bills have been introduced dealing with global warming and greenhouse gas reduction.  Many of them are difficult and costly to implement and would harm California’s economy.  A bill by Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee Vice Chair Sam Blakeslee (R-San Luis Obispo), which recently passed the Committee, takes a different approach.  

AB 1925 requires the California Energy Commission to make recommendations on how to facilitate and provide incentives for cost effective strategies to contain, sequester and recycle carbon dioxide created during the generation of electricity.

CMTA is a member of a broad coalition engaged in responding to legislation affecting greenhouse gas emissions in California. The "Sustainable Environment and Economy for California Coalition (SEE California)" believes AB 1925 is an important step in expanding the use of known processes such as carbon sequestration, as well as encouraging the development of new technologies and processes to capture and contain carbon.   The ultimate result will be a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, without risking the state’s energy supply or sources, or harming the economy of California.
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