Fossil fuel companies in Canada have made carbon capture a key part of their pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The idea is to minimize the amount of carbon that ends up in the atmosphere, while continuing to extract more oil and gas.
But is that realistic? And should the federal government be footing the bill, in the form a new multi-billion dollar tax credit and other incentives?
Here is a closer look at the technology, where it is being used in Canada, and how it could play into the pivotal climate talks that begin Thursday in Dubai.
What is carbon capture?
Carbon capture has become something of an umbrella term applying to any technology that captures carbon dioxide (CO2) and injects it underground. That can mean filtering out carbon dioxide at an emissions source — such as a factory, power plant or oilsands facility — through what’s known as “carbon capture, utilization and storage” (CCUS), or …