Energy secretary calls for removing gigatons of carbon pollution directly from the air

The Department of Energy announced a new “earthshot” initiative Friday aimed at scaling up the technology to remove gigatons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere in support of President Joe Biden’s goal of cutting emissions 50% by 2030.

The initiative, dubbed the “Carbon Negative Shot,” is targeting breakthroughs to enable the removal and storage of carbon dioxide for less than $100 per ton, much cheaper than technology allows now.

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm detailed the initiative at the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow on Friday, saying that beyond proven clean energy technologies that can currently be deployed affordably and at scale,
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