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2005 Policy Positions
of the Southern Legislative Conference

3.  POLICY POSITION IN SUPPORT OF CARBON SEQUESTRATION


BACKGROUND

Fossil fuels, including coal, oil, and natural gas, have sustained global economic and social development since the onset of the Industrial Revolution.  These key energy sources provide more than 85 percent of the world’s fuel supply and are likely to remain dominant throughout the 21st century.  However, greenhouse gases released by a globally increasing use of fossil energy can contribute to environmental concerns.  A significant contributor is carbon dioxide (CO2).

The Global Climate Change initiative proposed in March, 2001, is a voluntary framework for progress.  As a part of that initiative, carbon sequestration holds the potential to provide profound reductions in greenhouse gas emissions by capturing CO2 and other gases that would otherwise be emitted to the atmosphere.  The captured gases can be used for enhanced oil or coal bed methane recovery, stored in underground reservoirs, absorbed by trees, grasses, soils or algae, or converted to rock-like mineral carbonates or other products. 

RECOMMENDATION

The Southern Legislative Conference of The Council of State Governments (SLC) urges Congress to fully support the seven Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships endorsed and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, and constituted to form the basis of a national research effort to determine the best means to implement terrestrial and geologic CO2 sequestration throughout the nation.

Furthermore, the SLC shall forward copies of this policy position to the president of the United States; the appropriate leaders of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives; all members of the Southern congressional delegation; the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy, and the governors of the 16 member states of the SLC.

 

Adopted by the Southern Legislative Conference, August 2, 2005, Mobile, Alabama.

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