Press Release GraphicThe Great Plains Institute commends Conrad-Enzi-Rockefeller bill to increase American oil production and reduce carbon emissions MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Today, Sens. Kent Conrad (D-ND), Mike Enzi (R-WY), and Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) introduced a bipartisan bill to advance the use of carbon dioxide (CO2) for enhanced oil recovery (EOR), an important opportunity to strengthen our national security by reducing dependence on imported oil through increased American oil production; create new jobs and increase investment across the country; and reduce CO2 emissions from a range of industrial sources—all at the same time.

The Great Plains Institute applauds Senators Conrad, Enzi and Rockefeller for introducing legislation that improves the existing Section 45Q Tax Credit for Carbon Dioxide Sequestration in order to secure private sector investment in critical, near-term projects to capture CO2 from power plants and industrial sources for use in EOR projects that increase oil production and reduce emissions through geologic carbon storage.

The bill reflects recommendations from the National Enhanced Oil Recovery Initiative (NEORI), which brings together a broad coalition of leaders from industry, labor, state government, and environmental groups. NEORI is convened by the Great Plains Institute and the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES).

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