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April 19: Carnegie Mellon's Ed Rubin Tapped To Join Blue Ribbon Panel About Carbon Capture in California

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Carnegie Mellon's Ed Rubin Tapped To Join
Blue Ribbon Panel About Carbon Capture in California

Ed RubinPITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's Ed Rubin has been asked to serve on the state of California's new blue ribbon panel to advise state agencies on what policies and regulatory changes are needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions via carbon capture and storage. The panel will hold its first public meeting April 22 at the Paul Bonderson Building in Sacramento.

"This is an extremely important panel, and I'm honored to be part of it," said Rubin, the Alumni Chair Professor of Environmental Engineering and Science and a professor of engineering and public policy and mechanical engineering at Carnegie Mellon. "California has a long history of leadership in recognizing and dealing with environmental issues. And now it is tackling one of the key options to deal with the problem of global climate change."

Rubin argues that carbon capture and storage (CCS) is a critical technology needed to control the emissions responsible for climate change. He reports that the fuels we now rely on for most of our energy will not be quickly replaced by cleaner alternatives. For example, about half of all U.S. electricity is currently supplied by coal, the biggest emitter of CO2, and another 20 percent by natural gas, also a significant source of CO2.

The California Carbon Capture and Sequestration Panel will be asked to identify, discuss and frame specific policies addressing the role of carbon sequestration technology in meeting California's energy needs and greenhouse gas emission reduction strategies for 2020 and 2050.

"We've been asked to develop and recommend a comprehensive legal and regulatory framework for permitting proposed carbon sequestration projects in California, consistent with the state's energy and environmental policy objectives," Rubin said. "We've got a lot of work to do over the next six months," he concluded.

Other panel members include: Carl Bauer, retired director of the National Energy Technology Laboratory and chairman of the CCS panel; Sally Benson, director of the Global Climate & Energy Program at Stanford University; John Bryson, retired chairman and CEO of Edison International; Kipp Coddington, partner of Mowrey Meezan Coddington Cloud LLP; David Hawkins, director of climate change at the National Resources Defense Council; John King, chairman of the North American Carbon Capture & Storage Association; Kevin Murray, managing partner of the Murray Group; and Catherine Reheis-Boyd, president of the Western States Petroleum Association.

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Pictured above is Ed Rubin, the Alumni Chair Professor of Environmental Engineering and Science and a professor of engineering and public policy and mechanical engineering.