The 3-Day Clean Energy Justice Convergence seeks to hold the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) leadership accountable to a vision that serves people and communities first and advances a rapid transition to clean energy that will not harm people and the environment.
It is significant that the Ministerial is being held in Pittsburgh. A new initiative to develop a carbon capture and hydrogen hub in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia is expected to be announced during this week.
The announcement, a partnership of steel, oil and gas companies, would deploy costly, unproven carbon capture, use and sequestration (CCUS) technology to address greenhouse gas emissions from the region’s carbon-emitting infrastructure. The envisioned hub would connect carbon-producing facilities, like steel mills and factories, to a network of pipelines and underground caverns where hydrogen and captured carbon dioxide would be stored. Most disturbing, the initiative would develop infrastructure for hydrogen production and utilization, prolong our reliance on fossil fuels and harm people and the environment.