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California town looks to carbon capture amid oil industry's decline

California town looks to carbon capture amid oil industry's decline

Kern County explores a novel approach to sustain its economy by leveraging carbon capture technology, shifting from traditional oil revenues.

Jake Bittle reports for Grist.

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Kern County's new bet: Carbon removal industry as a lifeline

In California's Kern County, a bold shift from traditional oil production to carbon removal projects is seen as a potential economic savior and a step toward meeting the state's climate goals.

Emma Foehringer Merchant, Inside Climate News, and Joshua Yeager, KVPR

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California county's plan to utilize federal funds for carbon capture raises concerns

Kern County, California, aims to harness federal tax credits to build facilities that produce and store carbon dioxide, a move critics view as counterproductive to tackling climate change.

Aaron Cantú reports for Capital & Main.

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Carbon causes climate change. Why does a California county want to make more?

Kern County wants to use billions in federal tax credits to collect and bury carbon. To do so, it would build new facilities to produce more of the most abundant greenhouse gas.

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Capping the 1,100 orphaned oil and gas wells polluting Kern County

Through President Joe Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure bill, California is one of 24 states charged with changing the process of plugging over 10,000 orphaned gas and oil wells nationwide.
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Drought-wracked California allows oil companies to use high-quality water.

California’s oil industry uses hundreds of millions of gallons of freshwater a year in a state with none to spare. Most of that water is used in Kern County, where communities have long lacked affordable, safe drinking water.

California air regulators try to salvage faulty system that permitted 'extreme' pollution

California air regulators try to salvage faulty system that permitted 'extreme' pollution

Residents challenge regulators’ claims that they can’t account for toxic oil and gas emissions in the San Joaquin Valley.
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