By Zacj Abnet
Beaumont Enterprise, May 3, 2023
For decades, Texas has been seen as the energy capital of the world. The Lone Star State leads the way in the production and development of energy resources like oil and natural gas that are so crucial to our everyday life. While we can be proud of that record and its contribution to our nation, the world has changed and so must Texas’ role when it comes to energy.
We can and must lead on energy production. Carbon capture and sequestration technology is an essential technology in accomplishing this goal.
For many of us in climate advocacy, it’s seemingly all about reducing emissions, but that narrow view ignores the fact that we need industry to maintain our quality of life. CCS makes that a reality. Some of our nation’s most critical industries – including power generation and manufacturing – require large amounts of energy to keep their operations moving. These industries are the ones that make our lives possible, providing us the electricity needed to power our homes, the raw materials to create modern medicine and so much more.
However, to make these types of industries more sustainable, it’s important we reduce the CO2 emissions associated with their operations. Fortunately, across all corners of Texas, companies are implementing CCS technologies to help address this challenge.
CCS is a safe and proven technology that has been quietly in use for over five decades. It works by capturing the CO2 emissions from industrial operations before they can be released into the air. The CO2is then safely transported and stored deep underground in geological formations. In Texas, we have already seen companies lean into this technology as a solution to reduce their industrial emissions in areas including Beaumont, Corpus Christi and Houston.
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