The development of carbon removal technologies that could play a critical role in slowing climate change. As Rob Atkinson writes in The Hill, investing now in carbon removal technologies would harness U.S. leadership in the environmental industry and give U.S. companies a head start in the emerging carbon pollution control market. If we don’t take the lead and innovate in this sector, others will. And Americans should not pay Europe or China for technologies we can develop ourselves.
Beyond the economic motivation, there is scientific reality. Removing carbon from the atmosphere is no longer an option; it is a necessity. Most scientists say we are already experiencing serious climate impacts as a result of decades of unchecked carbon emissions. As the world looks for solutions, we must consider every option. That means both transitioning to clean energy and removing carbon pollution from the air.