Read Me: U.S. Federal Carbon Removal Action

Overview

The aim of this mission is to advance pro-CDR policies on the federal level through legislation and regulatory change. Since its launch in June 2022 mission activities have focused on building support for the Federal Carbon Dioxide Removal Leadership Act (CDRLA), a carbon removal procurement bill introduced during the 116th Congress (2022) by Rep. Paul Tonko (NY-20) and Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52) in the House, and Sen Chris Coons (D-DE) and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) in the Senate. Starting in December 2022 the mission expanded its advocacy scope to include a second piece of legislation, the Carbon Removal and Emissions Storage Technologies (CREST) Act. introduced by Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) in the Senate and Rep. John Curtis (R-UT).

Mission Links

Activities

  • District Mobilization - planning and executing direct citizen engagement in congressional districts in every state with Members of Congress to build support and co-sponsorship for the CDRLA and CREST Act. This includes: holding citizen lobbying meetings with elected officials, bird-dogging(Bird-Dogging Guide: Get Them on The Record | Indivisible), social media promotion, hosting outreach and educational events, and research and logistical planning in support of these activities.

  • Coalition-Building - Outreach activities that aim to educate and enlist stakeholders and civil society organizations to formally support of mission objectives.

Roles Needed

  • District Mobilizers - lead organizers who coordinated legislator engagement activities , recruitment, and events in their congressional districts.
  • Social Media Content Producers - generate advocacy and awareness related content on Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn related to mission activities.
  • Researchers - Conduct research on policy, elected officials and CDR related topics in support of mission goals.
  • Bloggers - Generate content on OpenAir’s blog reporting on mission progress and needs.
  • Recruiters - Promote the mission to increase the number of active district mobilizers and mission support team.

Core Mission Team

  • Karl Danz - Mission Moderator (CA)
  • Peter Hoberg - Advocate (CA)
  • Janine Kong - Advocate (CA)
  • Heather Langsford - Advocate (NY)
  • Chris Neidl - Advocate (NY)
  • Joe Murray - Advocate (DC)
  • Mike Robinson - Advocate (WA)
  • Melanie Trent - Advocate (CO)

Summary of Carbon Removal Legislative Actions 2021-2022

Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) – November 2021

The IIJA, also known as “Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), included almost $19 billion in funding for carbon management infrastructure, including:

DAC Hubs: Authorized $3.5 billion for a program that will develop four regional, commercial scale direct air capture hubs

Direct Air Capture Prize: The legislation also funds another $115 million in prizes for pre-commercial and commercial DAC demonstrations.

The CHIPS Act – August 2022

The CHIPS Act is a bipartisan law that allows $1 billion in funding for CO2 removal research, development and deployment from 2023 to 2026. This is twice the DOE’s then current budget for RD&D.

Inflation Reduction Act – August 2022

The IRA included an additional $2 billion for natural CDR alongside 45Q tax credits supporting carbon removal technologies expected to be worth several billions more.

Omnibus Bill covering FY23 budget – December 2022

Provides not less than $140M for research, development, and demonstration of carbon dioxide removal technologies, including not less than:

  • $20M from the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
  • $70M from Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM)
  • $50M from the Office of Science