The Times podcast: California’s carbon-capture controversy

New imported vehicles parked in a sprawling dock yard in Long Beach.
(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

Lawmakers want California to eliminate the state’s carbon footprint altogether by 2045. They’re taking all sorts of steps to get to that ambitious goal; from phasing out gas-powered engines in new cars and lawnmowers to electrifying home stoves. But there’s an even bigger plan ahead, one that environmental experts say could derail it all.

Today, we talk about California’s plan to pump carbon gas into the ground. It sounds like something out of a sci-fi novel, but that’s exactly what California says is key to be able to make the state carbon neutral. Can it work? Read the full transcript here.


Host: Gustavo Arellano

Guests: L.A. Times air quality reporter Tony Briscoe

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