Carbon capture bill unveiled

June 17, 2008
Pittsburgh Business Times

U.S. Reps. Mike Doyle and John Murtha are among the sponsors of bipartisan legislation introduced Tuesday to accelerate the development and deployment of carbon capture and storage technologies via a $1 billion annual fund to bring cutting-edge clean coal technologies to market.

Known as CCS, carbon capture and storage is a method of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by capturing and injecting underground the carbon dioxide emitted form electricity generation plants that use fossil fuels.

The fund would be received from fees on the generation of electricity from coal, oil and natural gas. Grants from the fund would be awarded to large-scale projects advancing the commercial availability of CCS technology.

Doyle and Murtha are both Pittsburgh-area Democrats. Doyle is from Forest Hills, while Murtha is from Johnstown.