In a special letter published December 8 in Roll Call, Rep. Rick Boucher calls for support of his bill, HR 6258, the Carbon Capture and Storage Early Development Act, and writes of the importance of carbon capture and storage (CCS) in the fight against climate change. The chairman of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality asserts that the bill will help develop CCS technology by "creating a $1 billion annual fund supported by small fees on electricity generated from coal, oil, and natural gas."  

The bill could increase average household electrical bills by up to $12 annually, but Boucher believes developing CCS technology is both crucial to achieving major emissions reductions and economically responsible. The bill’s programs come on the recommendation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Advanced Coal Technology Working Group. He concludes by saying that the bill “is a small but essential first step in the enactment of comprehensive climate control legislation. It is not a substitute for control legislation but a necessary predicate to it.”

The legislation will likely be considered early in the new Congressional session.