Biden administration to invest $1.2 billion in projects to suck carbon out of the air

August 11, 2023

CNN —The Biden administration will announce on Friday its first major investment to kickstart the US carbon removal industry – something energy experts say is key to getting the country’s planet-warming emissions under control. Direct air capture removal projects are akin to huge vacuum cleaners sucking carbon dioxide out of the air, using chemicals to remove the greenhouse gas. “These two projects are going to build these regional direct air capture hubs,” US Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm told reporters. The US direct air capture projects alone could increase global capacity for the technology by 400 times, said Sasha Stashwick, policy director at Carbon180 – an independent nonprofit focused on carbon removal. “This is really the debut of the direct air capture industry in the US.