Carbon Capture, Utilization and Sequestration, sometimes called CCUS, can be as innocent as planting trees. This is biological or natural CCS. But to implement CCUS on an industrial scale, much more dangerous tactics are being explored, including pumping carbon into aging pipeline infrastructure- often in existing Environmental Justice communities and then pumping it underground in geologic formations or empty oil fields. Many of these technologies are brand new, and have no track record of success, let alone safety, and are incredibly expensive.
Still, CCUS is being touted in Louisiana as a Climate Change savior. A way to continue business as usual in an oil and gas friendly state.
We have questions, so let’s look at some numbers that assume a best case scenario.
On Wednesday March 3rd, MISO held a workshop to present the findings from the report, as well as field a range of questions from members of a 300+ audience who attended the remote Webex(TM) presentation. Originally planned for two hours, questions extended the presentation roughly a half hour beyond the scheduled time. For a 217 page report about the future of renewables from the largest Regional Transmission Organization (RTO) in the U.S., it was likely expected that the presentation would go into overtime.