At the convening “Carbon Capture and Minnesota’s ‘Carbon-Free’ Future,” CURE and other experts from Minnesota and throughout the U.S. came together for a timely and critical discussion about industry-driven carbon capture, CO2 pipelines, and the false promise of a “cleaner fossil fuel” future.
Since 2021, CURE has been at the forefront of the debates surrounding carbon capture and the related infrastructure build-out at the state and national levels. In early 2023, Minnesota passed the “100% Carbon-Free by 2040 Energy Standard,” and many in the climate community celebrated it as a crucial win on the path to net zero. Now, as we enter into the end of 2023, we will wrestle with the question of what “carbon-free” actually means for our state and world.
- What technologies and facilities will be included, and what must be phased out entirely?
- What resources will we use, and what must stay in the ground?
- Who will benefit from the carbon-free transition, and who will bear the costs?
The specter and allure of carbon capture, use, and storage (CCUS)—technologies that purport to capture, bury, or use some portion of the CO2 emitted from industrial sources and the most carbon-polluting industries—brings these questions to the fore. These are not just hypothetical questions in Minnesota, where we already have proposed projects and pipelines moving through the regulatory process, carbon-intensive industry lobbyists in legislative offices, and communities facing the impacts. But is there really any place for CCUS in a climate and environmentally just, carbon-free future?
9:00 – 9:10 | INTRO
- Competing visions and pathways for a “carbon-free” future: “cleaner fossil fuels” v. real transformation grounded in climate and environmental justice
- Maggie Schuppert & Sara Wolff, CURE
9:10 – 9:50 | KEYNOTE
- Pan-Indigenous perspectives on climate mitigation and pathways to a “carbon-free” future
- Michelle Montgomery, University of Washington
- Patrick Freeland Livelihoods Knowledge Exchange Network (LiKEN)
- Maryanna Harstad
SECTION I: What is CO2 Capture?
9:50 – 10:10
- The History of the Carbon Capture
- Sarah Mooradian, CURE
10:10 – 10:50
Today’s Carbon Capture Sector
- Project Tundra: Trick or Treat? It’s still coal.
- Jeremy Fisher, Sierra Club
- CO2 Pipelines and the Carbon Industrial Complex
- Maggie Schuppert, CURE
- Risks of Carbon Capture + Ethanol
- Carolyn Raffensberger, Science and Environmental Health Network
10:50 – 11:00 | Break
10:00 – 11:40
- The Taxonomy of Carbon Capture for Climate Action
- Dr. Emily Grubert, University of Notre Dame
Section II: Ecosystem Burdens of Carbon Capture
11:40 – 12:20
- Carbon Capture, Pipelines & Water
- Peg Furshong, CURE
- Jeff Broberg, Minnesota Well Owners Organization
- Public Forest Land as Carbon Wasteland
- Hudson Kingston, CURE
12:20 – 12:30 | CLOSING
- Carbon Capture – What you need to know Part 1, CURE
- CO2 Pipelines – What you need to know, CURE
- Carbon Dioxide Pipeline Safety, Pipeline Safety Trust
- Carbon Capture and Storage FAQs, Center for International Environmental Law
- Carbon Capture – What you need to know Part 2, CURE
- Confronting the Myth of Carbon-Free Fossil Fuels: Why Carbon Capture Is Not a Climate Solution, Center for International Environmental Law
- “CCS – Carbon Capture and Storage: Fact or Fiction,” Panel Discussion w/ Maya Winkelstein of the 2030 Fund, Jonathan Foley of Project Drawdown and Jane Patton of CIEL, AREDAY 2023
- How Carbon Capture and Storage Projects Are Driving New Oil and Gas Extraction Globally, DeSmog
- Fossil Fuel Companies Made Bold Promises to Capture Carbon. Here’s What Actually Happened. DeSmog
- The carbon capture crux: Lessons learned, Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis
- The good and bad of carbon capture w/ Emily Grubert, Catalyst Podcast
- Carbon Capture and Storage, More Harm than Good? Parts 1-3, Just Solutions Collective
- Project Tundra: DOE analysis says coal carbon capture project would emit more greenhouse gases than it stores, Energy and Policy Institute
- Stop Giving Big Oil a Carbon Fig Leaf, Jonathan Foley, Project Drawdown
- Carbon Dioxide Pipelines: Dangerous and Under-Regulated, Pipeline Safety Trust
- The Great Carbon Boondoggle: Inside the Struggle to Stop Summit’s CO2 Pipeline, The Oakland Institute
- The Gassing of Satartia, Huffington Post,
- The U.S. is expanding CO2 pipelines. One poisoned town wants you to know its story, NPR
- Blue Hydrogen: Not Clean, Not Low Carbon, Not a Solution: Making Hydrogen from Natural Gas Makes No Sense, IEEFA
- Fossils, Fertilizers, and False Solutions: How Laundering Fossil Fuels in Agrochemicals Puts the Climate and the Planet at Risk, CIEL
- Howarth, RW, Jacobson, MZ. How green is blue hydrogen? Energy Sci Eng. 2021; 9: 1676–1687.
- 11/1/23, 10am CT – Carbon Capture Near Tamarack, MN, Tamarack Water Alliance
- 11/8/23, 12pm CT – Exploring CCS and Environmental Justice in Louisiana, Just Solutions Collective