Capture CO2 from power plants, or just what is naturally in the air to "save the planet." That's the plan.

A climate technology company announced plans to build a direct air capture (DAC) CO2 removal system in Wyoming.

Called Project Bison. In its press release announcing the project, the companies said this facility will be the largest carbon removal system of its kind. By 2030, the company said it will remove 5 million tons of atmospheric CO2 every year. (Cowboy State Daily).

This new project is a direct air capture scheme from $50 per ton of CO2 to $180 per ton of CO2.

Then there is the plan to capture CO2 from Wyoming power plants and pump it into the ground as a carbon capture storage scheme.

But who pays for this? Well...

Stressed Out Man Sitting at Computer

Your utility bill might go up. In fact, it most defiantly will.

But there are other more likely ways that you'll end up paying for this

No matter if we tax companies for their carbon footprint or just flood the project with government subsidies, you, the average American, will end up paying for this.

But hold on. Do we really need to do this?

Watch this noted Astrophysicist explain that CO2 is NOT causing a "climate crisis."

Without CO2, this would be a dead planet.  

CO2 is a major part of the cycle of life on Earth.

You should have learned in school that carbon dioxide is used by plants, in part, to create energy through a process called photosynthesis. Plants take in CO2, remove the carbon molecule and use it for growth, then release the O2. Oxygen breathing life will then inhale the O2 and exhale it with a carbon molecule attached (CO2). This is the cycle of life.

Numerous studies have been done in greenhouses where extra CO2 was pumped in to see the effect. The results are amazing. The plants that get more CO2 are bigger, lusher, and greener. You can watch a video on that here.

Flowers in an Open Field at Good Earth State Park in Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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A recent study conducted at the University Of Wyoming finds that increased amounts of CO2 would help the grasslands of Wyoming.

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David Williams, a botany professor at the University of Wyoming, and his team conducted a controlled study.

They surrounded grass with heaters and pumped carbon dioxide in to simulate a warmer planet with more CO2 in the air.

"The responses to these changing conditions are very species-specific," said Professor Williams, "Some species respond very favorably, others don't respond as much or at all to this increase in carbon dioxide." (WYOMING PUBLIC MEDIA).

So, the observed results were that some responded "favorably," some not as much, and some not at all. This is the same results found in other lab tests using greenhouses and extra CO2.

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Cathy Holman

So, extra CO2 is a good thing. It did not kill the plants, it helped most of them to become healthier.

Did you know that you can buy a CO2 emitter for a home greenhouse? You can see those products here. Folks who grow indoors, professionally, and for backyard greenhouses, know the importance of CO2 and how more of it helps make a greener planet.

There have been many times in the past when the Earth was much warmer than it is today. But it was not warmer because of the CO2 levels. Still, when Earth was warmer CO2 life on this planet was more abundant than it is today. You can see an example of that by looking at the times around the Roman Empire, at this link.

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