Where Clean Energy Dollars Went in 2013

By Eric Roston - 2014-04-07T18:19:47Z

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9. Catching Carbon

Unlike other clean-energy technologies, carbon capture and storage is more about being "clean" than producing energy. CCS covers a range of processes that catch carbon dioxide before it is emitted from a fossil-burning power plant, and shuttle it into an underground facility for permanent storage. 

It's an expensive, technologically and legally fraught endeavor, but one that's critical to a world that enjoys the benefit of both coal-fired electricity and a stable climate. Spending fell to $1.9 billion in 2013, down from 64 percent from 2010, when climate policy looked more like a sure thing. 

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