The Inflation Reduction Act Bolsters Efforts at the Federal Level to Tackle Climate Change and Promote Clean Energy Solutions

On August 16, 2022, President Joe Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act (the Act) into law, calling it “one of the most significant laws in our history.” The United States House of Representatives passed the Act on August 12 along party lines. This vote followed the Senate’s August 7 passage of the bill, also along party lines, with Vice President Kamala Harris casting the tiebreaking vote. In addition to $369 billion in energy security and climate investments, the bill also includes $64 billion to expand Affordable Care Act subsidies for two years and various tax measures, including a corporate alternative minimum tax of 15% and $80 billion to increase enforcement efforts at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

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Hydrogen and CCS — a Low Carbon Energy Source

Pairing hydrogen with carbon capture and sequestration has the potential to be scaled up to a low-carbon energy source, but there are key issues to be addressed.

In this report, Energy Attorneys Jim Curry and Kevin Garber discuss the opportunities and challenges related to hydrogen and the national push for increased CCS, and key practical hurdles that must be overcome.

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