Dear Speaker Pelosi

September 20, 2019

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi 

Speaker of the House of Representatives

H-232, The Capitol

Washington, DC 20515

Dear Speaker Pelosi,

I am writing on behalf of the American Conservation Coalition, a student organization working on finding pragmatic solutions to environmental issues, to show support for the Utilizing Significant Emissions with Innovative Technologies (USE IT) Act (H.R. 1166). As an organization that supports innovation and sensible policy solutions, we fully support the passage of this bill.

The USE IT Act supports innovation and development in the private sector. It is legislation that prioritizes research and development that will lead to cleaner air and offers a way to utilize excess CO2. Most importantly, these benefits are achieved without additional regulations that would hinder the economic performance of the energy sector. Carbon capture is a common-sense solution that will deliver real results. It is estimated that this process could capture 14% of the carbon in the air by 2050.

The act also streamlines the permitting process for such projects, replacing the outdated and burdensome system currently in place. Some barriers to entry for these projects include inefficient processes and the prolonged time frame required to obtain necessary permits. 

The USE IT Act has a wide base of bipartisan support, giving it the foundation it needs to be a successful and well-received act of Congress. Passing this bill would send a strong signal that Democrats and Republicans can work together to fight climate change. 

The USE IT Act is a pragmatic, market-based solution to carbon capture that encourages private sector investment in our energy future. The ACC recognizes the benefits that this bill offers to consumers, private investors, and our environment. Because of the USE IT Act’s market-driven solutions, on behalf of the ACC, I ask that you take action and pass this bill. 



Benjamin Backer

President and Founder

American Conservation Coalition

Benji Backer