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“Stimulus Law Program to Scrub Carbon From Air Draws Skeptics”

“Congress has prioritized scrubbing the atmosphere of carbon dioxide as a way to avoid the worst consequences of climate change, earmarking $447 million for carbon removal research and development in the stimulus bill signed into law.

But climate scientists and decarbonization advocates disagree about the need for such a program, and the extent to which the money Congress appropriated for it will make a difference for scaling up carbon capture technology.

“The gigaton-scale of carbon removal doesn’t really make sense until emissions have been squished down toward zero,” said David Keith, a Harvard University applied physics professor who has studied carbon capture technology. “The first thing you should do is stop emitting.” “

Bobby Magill reports for Bloomberg Environment December 29, 2020.