The Storing CO2 and Lowering Emissions (SCALE) Act is a landmark bill that would invest billions of dollars in CO2 transport and storage infrastructure. The SCALE Act authorizes $4.9 billion in spending over five years for the development of CO2 transport and storage infrastructure to boost investment in carbon capture utilization and sequestration (CCUS) projects.
Sign our below petition calling on Congress to support the bi-partisan SCALE Act to promote Carbon Capture and the associated infrastructure essential for the United States to reach net-zero emissions by mid-century.
I fully support the Storing CO2 and Lowering Emissions (SCALE) Act because it authorizes $4.9 billion in spending over five years for the development of CO2 transport and storage infrastructure to boost investment in carbon capture utilization and sequestration (CCUS) projects.
The SCALE Act would enable CO2 transport and storage infrastructure required to scale up carbon capture, removal, use and storage across domestic industries, including those that are difficult to decarbonize. Carbon capture is a key technology for maintaining good manufacturing jobs as the global economy decarbonizes to move towards the industry of the future. The SCALE Act enables the buildout of CO2 transport and storage infrastructure, with Buy America requirements, that is necessary for large-scale deployment of carbon capture at industrial facilities across our vast country.
The SCALE Act would give the federal government tools to enable US leadership on critical technology innovation and deployment in industries across the economy. The bill focuses on these key areas:
- The establishment of the CO2 Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (CIFIA) program to finance shared CO2 transport infrastructure. The CIFIA program is modeled after existing programs for highway and waterway infrastructure development. It offers low-interest loans for CO2 transport infrastructure and grants to develop CO2 pipeline capacity.
- Authorizes the Department of Energy (DOE) to provide grants to states and municipalities for procurement of carbon utilization products for infrastructure projects.
- Authorizes funding for a cost-sharing program through the DOE for the development of commercial geologic storage sites.
- Authorizes increased funding for the EPA for permitting Class VI CO2 storage wells and provides grants for states to establish their own Class VI permitting programs to streamline the CO2 storage process.
The climate crisis provides us with an opportunity to utilize the wealth of resources rural America has to offer and create good-paying jobs to grow the economy. Through the SCALE Act, we can advance carbon capture technology and develop infrastructure to create a cleaner environment and create jobs. Please support the SCALE act, and help invest in lowering carbon emissions.