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Wednesday, July 13, 2022
Thompson, Lucas and Westerman Introduce Bill to Improve Greenhouse Gas Capture and Storage
Today, House Agriculture Committee Republican Leader Glenn "GT" Thompson (R-PA), House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Republican Leader Frank Lucas (R-OK), and House Natural Resources Committee Republican Leader Bruce Westerman (R-AR) introduced a bill that will improve our ability to capture and store greenhouse gasses from the atmosphere.

Land use like agriculture and forestry already offset total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 13%, but with increased research and development, that number could be much higher. The Carbon Sequestration Collaboration Act directs a coordinated research effort across the Department of Energy, the Department of Agriculture, and the Department of the Interior to improve our ability to sequester carbon through land use.

"As a farmer and rancher, I'm well aware of how sound land use practices can conserve resources and improve our environment," Republican Leader Lucas said. "The Department of Energy is already doing great research on large-scale carbon sequestration opportunities, but there is a knowledge gap when it comes to making use of smaller carbon sinks like soils and rangeland. We can't afford to pass up the tremendous potential of land use to store greenhouse gases. We need an all-of-the-above approach to addressing climate change-one that makes use of our many resources. Research and development into innovative solutions like this will be what drives our success in greenhouse gas reductions-not restrictive mandates that raise prices on American families."

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