A bipartisan group of lawmakers is throwing support behind a still-developing type of technology that seeks to capture carbon thats released during activities such as burning fossil fuels to prevent it from going into the atmosphere. 

Sens. Chris CoonsChris Andrew CoonsDems’ momentum hits quagmire over infrastructure plansOregon senator takes center stage in Democratic filibuster debateThis week: Democrats eye next step after coronavirus relief bill win MORE (D-Del.) and Bill CassidyBill CassidyLawmakers blame opposing parties over border surgeSunday shows – Migrant surge dominatesGOP senator: Biden ‘entirely’ responsible for surge of migrantsMORE (R-La.) and Reps. Marc VeaseyMarc Allison VeaseyHouse Democrats criticize Texas’s ‘shortcomings in preparations’ on winter stormsThe Memo: Democrats grapple with ‘elite’ tagTwo lawmakers announce bids to succeed Bustos at DCCCMORE (D-Texas) and David McKinleyDavid Bennett McKinleyOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Senate confirms Haaland to lead Interior | House Republicans pitch nuclear, natural gas as ‘cleaner’ energy future | Congress investigating ‘clean coal’ tax credit | SEC to weigh requiring further climate disclosures to investorsHouse Republicans pitch nuclear, natural gas as ‘cleaner’ energy futureMarjorie Taylor Greene’s delay tactics frustrate GOPMORE (R-W.Va.) introduced a bill on Wednesday that seeks to help fund the deployment of transport systems that collect the captured carbon and bring it to storage sites. 

The legislation would also help provide funding for the storage and use of captured carbon. 

Carbon capture, utilization, and storage will play a critical role in meeting mid-century climate goals, supporting high-paying manufacturing jobs, and maintaining American competitiveness, but cost barriers currently stand in the way of its widespread deployment in the United States, Coons said in a statement. 

Many of carbon captures supporters see is as a business-friendly way to lessen climate change impacts of industrial processes and energy use. 

Its critics point to difficulties that carbon capture projects have faced and say that efforts should go to bolstering renewables rather than power from fossil fuels. 

The legislation that was introduced on Wednesday would establish a program to provide loans for carbon transport infrastructure project and grants to help carry out future growth. 

It would also provide cost-sharing for the deployment of a certain type of storage, prioritizing larger, commercial-scale projects. 

Further, it aims to support state and local programs to create demand for carbon dioxide-made products.

The bill has an additional five Democratic and four Republican co-sponsors in the Senate. In the House, two additional Democrats and two more Republicans have gotten on board.