Don’t Gamble Our Planet’s Future on Unproved Technologies Pulling excess carbon out of the air isn’t very effective—and might never be
A bipartisan group of senators recently introduced a bill that aims to combat climate change by providing funding for research into “negative-emission technologies,” which take greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere and store them underground.
But there’s a small problem: These experimental technologies aren’t very effective—and probably never will be. Investing in these moon shots would divert resources from proved emission-reduction initiatives. By the time we realize our gamble has failed, it will be too late to prevent the worst consequences of climate change.