Governor of Louisiana John Bel Edwards said carbon capture and sequestration is a crucial tool to reduce emissions and diversify the economy, yet projects that involve the technology need more transparency. Edwards spoke at a year-end news conference on Dec. 19.
Over $20 billion in potential projects could create 1,600 jobs for the Capital Region, and most would include CO2 capture. However, the proposed projects have created controversy and raised questions regarding the safety and effectiveness of the technology.
“I think the science is sound,” Edwards said, adding that Louisiana’s geology makes it a suitable location for CO2 storage. Yet, government and company leaders planning to invest in CO2 capture should do more to address public concerns, he also said.