Houston Chronicle op-ed
By Stephanie Thomas
This op-ed was first published in the Houston Chronicle on July 1, 2021.
Carbon capture supporters who also want to continue extracting fossil fuels think they can have their cake and eat it, too.
The idea sounds appealing. Companies could continue to extract fossil fuels and the carbon generated from burning them could be stored underground. Some companies see the generation of hydrogen fuel from fossil sources combined with carbon capture as an alternative to gasoline for transportation and other energy needs. Investing billions in such plans, however, will only lock us onto the perilous path of climate disasters.