These stories write themselves: "Carbon Capture"

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Same event, two different news articles:

New Scientist (which used to be a really good publication):

Carbon removal project in Iceland suffers setback due to harsh winter
The world’s biggest facility for removing carbon dioxide directly from the air is running behind schedule in Iceland, after punishing Arctic conditions froze machinery and forced the Swiss company behind it to make modifications.

Launched in September 2021, the Climeworks “Orca” plant to the east of Reykjavik was hailed by Iceland’s prime minister Katrin Jakobsdottir as a “milestone in the fight against climate change”.

And Carbon Herald:

World’s Largest Carbon Removal Plant ‘Orca’ Freezes Over In Iceland
The world’s largest carbon removal plant located to the east of Reykjavik, Iceland, has frozen, putting its operations behind schedule.

Climeworks, the company behind the ambitious plant named ‘Orca’, had set out to capture 4,000 metric tons of CO2 every year directly from the air – a process known as direct air capture or DAC.

By the end of the decade, in fact, the project’s capacity is expected to reach as much as 1 million tons of carbon dioxide.

However, as it became apparent, the plant was not equipped to handle the harsh weather conditions in Iceland and some of the machinery froze.

One Million Tons of CO2 - just as a heads up, 2016 is the last year I have positive numbers and in 2016, world citizens emitted 35,753,305,000 tons of Carbon Dioxide.  All the money spent on this plant, all the environmental impact of this plant, will only ameliorate 1/35,753 of this supposed problem.

Me?  I smell grift.  I smell me a big 'ole grift.  Someone made a lot of money in this feel-good/do-nothing project.  All it had to do was appear to work during the ribbon cutting ceremony and then the principals laugh all the way to the bank.
Solyndra anyone? I can name a few others if you want.

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