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Why these environmentalists are resisting part of Biden's climate push

Summary

Environmentalists, particularly environmental justice advocates, are expressing opposition to carbon capture projects in Louisiana, despite the Biden administration's support for such initiatives. The proposed carbon capture projects aim to capture and store carbon dioxide emitted by petrochemical plants and refineries in the state. However, many environmental justice advocates fear that these projects will perpetuate fossil fuel industries and pose risks to the local communities, especially in areas known as "Cancer Alley," where petrochemical plants are often located near Black churches and schools. The Biden administration views carbon capture as a vital tool for reducing emissions, but this stance has created a conflict between its environmental justice goals and its commitment to reducing greenhouse gases. While some local officials and residents see the projects as an opportunity for revitalization and job creation, critics argue that the risks and uncertainties associated with carbon capture outweigh the potential benefits.

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