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Federal tax dollars meant to fight climate change could end up boosting fossil fuel production. That might sound like an April Fools’ gag, but environment scholar Ned Randolph writes that it may soon be reality in Louisiana.

The problem involves new federal tax credits for carbon capture and storage – a set of technologies meant to keep greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere. But the way the tax credits were created, these projects may actually lead to more fossil fuel extraction. Randolph, who has written about Louisiana’s history of using disasters to boost the fossil fuel industry, explains how funding for a technology pitched as a climate change solution could lead to more net emissions.

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Stacy Morford

Environment + Climate Editor

Louisiana accounted for nearly one-sixth of the nation’s oil-refining capacity and shipped 63% of its liquefied natural gas exports in 2022. Adbar/Wikimedia

How federal tax dollars meant to fight climate change could end up boosting Louisiana’s fossil fuel production

Ned Randolph, Tulane University

Carbon capture is turning the oil and gas industry into a critical player for mitigating climate change – while its products continue to heat up the planet.

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