Reuters's Leah Douglas is reporting on a new proposal around carbon capture projects.
The U.S. Forest Service has proposed a rule that would permit carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects on national forest lands to support the Biden administration's climate goals of halving greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. This rule would allow for "exclusive and perpetual use" of land and subterranean pore space for these projects, aligning with the administration’s climate strategy. However, the proposal has faced opposition from environmental groups like Food & Water Watch, which criticize it as a form of privatization of public lands and argue national forests shouldn't become "dumping grounds for polluters." The proposal comes amidst challenges faced by CCS projects in the U.S., including permit denials and lack of support from landowners over environmental and resident impact concerns.
(This article was written with assistance from ChatGPT)