Carbon Capture Has An Expensive Byproduct Problem



Elon Musk, Microsoft and oil giants like Occidental and Exxon Mobil are investing in carbon capture technologies. Carbon Engineering and Climeworks are two start-ups that have built machines to suck CO2 straight out of the atmosphere in a process known as direct air capture. But the technology faces a number of challenges, one of which is that there’s currently no market for the captured CO2. As a result, some companies are selling their captured CO2 to oil companies, which use it to produce even more oil.

Correction (March 4, 2021): At 9:08 we misstated a company that invested in Carbon Engineering. The correct company is BHP.

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Money Is Pouring Into Carbon Capture Tech, But Challenges Remain

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