Bloomberg Law
Dec. 29, 2020, 7:12 PMUpdated: Dec. 29, 2020, 7:43 PM

Stimulus Law Program to Scrub Carbon From Air Draws Skeptics (1)

Bobby Magill
Bobby Magill

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 ...

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