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Direct Air Capture: False Climate Solution?

March 10 @ 7:00 pm 8:30 pm EST

Join us for a virtual town hall and learn about Direct Air Capture.

This virtual event will begin with an overview of the Carbon Dioxide Removal Leadership Act (A8597/S8171), now pending in the NYS Assembly and Senate. Presentations by our speakers, June Sekera (policy scholar), Visiting Scholar at the New School University, New York, and a Senior Research Fellow at Boston University’s Global Development Policy Center; and  Jim Walsh Policy Director for Food & Water Watch and Food & Water Action, will be followed by a Q&A. We’ll then end with a Call to Action!

Activists charge that the Carbon Dioxide Removal Leadership Act (A8597/S8171), now pending in the NYS Assembly and Senate, would generously subsidize the Direct Air Capture technology that they characterize as a false “greenwashing” solution. Comments from environmental experts opposing this bill:

Let’s be clear that any government support for carbon capture or direct air capture is a FOSSIL FUEL SUBSIDY.

-Stanford University professor Mark Jacobson, PhD
A large, metal stack protrudes vertically from a roof. In the background is a rock face.
Carbon Engineering pilot plant in Squamish, B.C. featuring Direct Air Capture technology that captures carbon dioxide (CO2) directly from the atmosphere. CC image by Stephen Hui, Pembina Institute

DIRECT AIR CAPTURE (DAC) is a costly mechanical-chemical method of carbon capture and storage that critics charge is unproven, dangerous and energy-intensive. They say DAC would likely require a massive build-out of pipelines to transport CO2 and that it is an unwise public investment that diverts resources and attention from real solutions.

Speakers

June Sekera is a Visiting Scholar at the New School University, New York, and a Senior Research Fellow at Boston University’s Global Development Policy Center. Her review article, “Assessing Carbon Capture: Public Policy, Science and Societal Need” was published in Biophysical Economics and Sustainability (October 2020).  

Food and Water Watch Policy Director, Jim Walsh oversees campaigns to ban fracking, end water privatization, and push back on fossil fuel industry-backed false solutions to the climate crisis. Jim works with Food & Water Watch’s policy experts and national allies to develop and implement campaigns to mobilize the public and educate decision makers on strategies that support the development of a better food system, a safe and livable climate and support safe and clean public water for all.

The moderator for the event is Barbara Heinzen, PhD, Clean Air Coalition of Greater Ravena Coeymans

Co-Sponsors

Thank you to our co-sponsors: Clean Air Coalition of Greater Ravena Coeymans, Clean Air Action Network of Glens Falls, Beyond Plastics, People of Albany United for Safe Energy, Food & Water Watch, Green Education and Legal Fund, and NATURE Lab and People’s Health Sanctuary with The Sanctuary for Independent Media.

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