Residents Weigh Global Benefits and Local Risks in Views of Climate Change Measures

Read the full story from the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA).

An emerging method to store global warming carbon dioxide (CO2) underground faces challenges in gaining public acceptance, especially when the global benefits carry localized costs. A new study on the public acceptance of carbon capture and storage (CCS) in Indiana, a heavily coal-reliant state, shows that capturing carbon emissions and injecting them underground for long-term storage is supported by 80 percent of the population, but about 20 percent of the initial supporters disapprove of the use of the technology if the carbon storage facility would be built close to their homes and communities. Thus, one fifth of the initial supporters exhibit a “NIMBY” or “Not In My Back Yard” response to CCS.

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