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Common sense approach to dealing with the climate

As our nation moves toward a more diversified energy portfolio, the loudest voices touting disastrous ideas such as the Green New Deal would have us believe attending to the health of our planet is an all-or-nothing proposition that requires sacrificing — immediately — those who are financially dependent on extraction industries. Of course, that means large portions of the population in Appalachia and other regions.

We are fortunate, then, to have thoughtful representatives in Washington, D.C., who understand it is necessary to consider both the health of the environment and the wellbeing of the people living in it.

U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., has been a leader on that front for years, and last week, with Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Texas, reintroduced the Storing CO2 and Lowering Emissions Ac. This would support development of infrastructure for transporting CO2 to where it can be used in manufacturing or safely sequestered.

“For carbon capture to work, we need to be able to transport it to geologic storage or customers who can use it,” McKinley said. “Through additional investments proposed in this bill, the U.S. can take significant steps towards reducing its carbon emissions by developing a program that will support the construction of CO2 pipelines across the country and create countless jobs.”

SCALE has the support of Representatives on both sides of the aisle who know we need to inject a little common sense and compassion into the climate change discussion.

“The SCALE Act creates the opportunity to advance carbon capture technology, develop infrastructure to create a cleaner environment and grow local economies,” said Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill.

Americans for generations were ahead of the game when it came to innovations that would change the world. SCALE gives us a chance to remain there.

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