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EPA Chief Scott Pruitt has expressed doubt that CO2 emissions are a primary contributor to climate change. On Fox News Sunday, anchor Chris Wallace asked Pruitt: “What if you’re wrong?” This simple but thought-provoking question has been proven to change the minds of skeptics – for example, Jerry Taylor, president of the Niskanen Center.
The ‘Simple Question’ That Can Change Your Mind About Global Warming (CNN Politics)
Carbon capture – preventing the emission of CO2 from sources like power plants – is having a moment. The first large-scale application of carbon capture technology on biofuels was launched in Decatur, IL. Though somewhat controversial, the project “could still be quite significant from a global climate perspective.”
The Quest to Capture and Store Carbon – and Slow Climate Change — Just Reached a New Milestone (Washington Post)
And last week, a bipartisan group of House representatives introduced the “Carbon Capture Improvement Act.”
Lawmakers Introduce Bills to Reduce CO2 from Coal, Gas Plants (E&E News)
Meanwhile, the financial benefits of clean energy are so obvious that a coal-mining museum is switching over.
Kentucky Coal Mining Museum Converts to Solar Power (WYMT)
For two years in a row, carbon emissions from electric power plants in the U.S. fell by about five percent each year — the first time in more than 40 years that emissions have fallen so dramatically over two consecutive years.
Electricity’s Carbon Footprint in U.S. Shrinks, Sets Record (Climate Central)