La., Texas to get $1.2B for first direct air capture projects in U.S.

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said it would be the equivalent of ‘giant vacuums’ sucking pollution out of the sky.
In this aerial photograph about 10 miles upriver from New Orleans, the Shell Norco Manufacturing Complex, an oil refinery, is seen in Norco, La., Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Two projects in Louisiana and Texas are set to receive $1.2 billion in federal funds to deploy direct air capture technology, a first-of-its-kind attempt to help the country achieve its decarbonization targets, the U.S. Department of Energy announced Friday.

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said on a call with reporters that the projects would be the equivalent of “giant vacuums that can suck decades of old carbon pollution straight out of the sky.”

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