U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) has cosponsored S. 383, the Utilizing Significant Emissions with Innovative Technologies (USE IT) Act, which was reintroduced by U.S. Sens. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) in February.
“I am glad to cosponsor the USE IT Act, which will ensure America remains a leader in innovative technology and energy production. For eight years President Obama had a war on fossil fuels. Now, this legislation is a bipartisan commitment to the fact the United States continues to need cheap, reliable fossil fuel generation to run the machine called America and ensures the use of fossil fuels for not just the foreseeable future, but for forever. The oil and gas industry in my state of Oklahoma keeps energy costs down for all Americans and creates thousands of jobs, fueling the economy. The USE IT Act will further the use of carbon in enhanced oil recovery and provide incentives for those who want to invest in technologies and infrastructure that capture and use carbon. I look forward to working with my colleagues to shepherd this bill through committee and into law.”
Inhofe questioned witnesses Wednesday about the legislation in an EPW hearing, which can be viewed here.
Read the text of the USE IT Act here.
The USE IT Act would support carbon utilization and direct air capture research. The bill would also support federal, state, and non-governmental collaboration in the construction and development of carbon capture, utilization, and sequestration (CCUS) facilities and carbon dioxide (CO2) pipelines.