The U.S. has a controversial plan to store carbon dioxide under the nation’s forests

The USFS is proposing changing a rule that would allow the storage of carbon dioxide pollution under national forests and grasslands. It’s controversial.

Julia Simon, NPR November 20th, 2023

In recent years, lots of American companies have gotten behind a potential climate solution called carbon capture and storage, and the Biden administration has backed it with billions of dollars in tax incentives and direct investments. The idea is to trap planet-heating carbon dioxide from the smokestacks of factories and power plants and transport it to sites where it is injected underground and stored.

But the idea is controversial, in large part because the captured carbon dioxide would be shipped to storage sites via thousands of miles of new pipelines. Communities nationwide are pushing back against these pipeline projects and underground sites, arguing they don’t want the pollution running through their land.


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