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Controversial carbon removal technology just got $1.2 billion from the Biden administration

Shovels during a groundbreaking ceremony at the occidental petroleum and 1PointFive Direct Air Capture (DAC) plant in Ector County,

Controversial carbon removal technology just got $1.2 billion from the Biden administration

Shovels during groundbreaking ceremony the and 1PointFive (DAC) plant in Ector County, Texas, Friday, April 28th, 2023.  | Photographer: Vonderhaar / Bloomberg via

The Department of chose the first two locations for “hubs” it envisions for industrial that suck planet-heating dioxide out of the air. Projects in Texas and Louisiana will receive up to $1.2 billion the Department of Energy (DOE) to develop direct air capture (DAC) facilities, backing purported climate solution that not all environmental advocates support.

The Biden administration is funneling billions into direct air capture, a relatively new that some governments and companies are beginning to turn to as a way to address they've already emitted. is the first round of in a bigger plan to dole out $3.5 billion to develop at least four DAC hubs across the US.

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