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One Planet: Does carbon capture technology help fight climate change?

On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, we’ll discuss the viability of carbon capture technology in combating climate change. Carbon capture and storage is the process of capturing and storing carbon dioxide from polluting sources and storing it deep in the ground.

The Inflation Reduction Act includes a change in a crucial tax credit for the carbon capture industry—increasing the government subsidy for capturing CO2 from polluting sources from $50 to $85 per metric ton.

Some environmentalists call these carbon capture subsidies a handout to the oil industry and a distraction from urgently needed actions. How effective is this technology?


Tony Briscoe, environmental reporter with the Los Angeles Times

Naomi Oreskes, Henry Charles Lea Professor of the History of Science and Affiliated Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University.

Web Resources:

Scientific American: Carbon-Reduction Plans Rely on Tech That Doesn’t Exist

LA Times: California hopes to fight global warming by pumping CO2 underground. Some call it a ruse

The Washington Post: There’s a carbon-capture gold rush. Some warn better solutions exist.

Malihe Razazan is the senior producer of KALW's daily call-in program, Your Call.