Energy nominee sees oil projects as lifeline for carbon capture

But McConnell said the prospect of increased use of carbon emissions for enhanced oil recovery can provide an economic driver for trapping carbon from power plants. Enhanced oil recovery is a process in which carbon dioxide is injected into oil wells to increase the amount of oil produced.

He said the fossil energy office will “weigh in hard” to advance such efforts, which could provide emitters a key market for their emissions.

The Energy Department and various partners are pursuing research, development and demonstration projects on carbon capture and storage.