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June 2010

Jim Dooley Briefs White House Task Force on Status of Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage

Jim Dooley, Senior Staff Scientist at the Joint Global Change Research Institute, was invited to provide his insights at a major public meeting of the White House Interagency Task Force on Carbon Capture and Storage. The event gave the public the opportunity to provide input on what actions the government should take in the near, mid- and long-term to accelerate the commercial deployment of carbon dioxide capture and storage projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere.  Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley, and Deputy Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Bob Perciasepe attended the meeting and delivered remarks.

The Interagency Task Force on Carbon Capture and Storage, co-chaired by the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency, is developing a plan to overcome the barriers to the widespread, cost-effective deployment of carbon dioxide capture and storage within 10 years. The plan is due to President Obama in August 2010.  The Task Force is also working on recommendations to bring 5 to 10 commercial demonstration projects online by 2016.

Dooley, an internationally recognized expert on this class of greenhouse gas emissions mitigation technologies, was selected to speak to the Task Force at this public meeting because of his extensive knowledge on carbon dioxide capture and storage and the role of this class of technologies in addressing climate change. Dooley was both a Lead Author and the Cross-Cutting Chairman for Market Deployment for the 2005 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Special Report on Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage.  He is also the Associate Editor for the International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, the first peer-reviewed journal to focus on carbon dioxide capture and storage technologies.

The meeting occurred on May 6, 2010, in Washington, D.C.

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