The ESG Initiative at the Wharton School
Analysis: US carbon capture pipeline setbacks reflect challenges in climate fight
A series of permit rejections for two high-profile carbon pipeline projects in the U.S. Midwest could bode poorly for carbon capture and storage (CCS) as a widespread solution to climate change, reflecting deep-seated public concern about its risks and environmental impacts.
Clean energy infrastructure projects need to educate communities on risks and benefits, and engage residents early or they risk existential setbacks, said Sanya Carley, co-director of the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania.
“Extreme opposition at multiple points (of a pipeline) makes it very challenging for development,” Carley said.