United Airlines Aims to Suck Carbon Dioxide From the Friendly Skies

The company becomes the first major U.S. carrier to try to remove the greenhouse gases it spews with every flight.
Feb 16, 2021 11:05 AM ET

United Airlines is investing in a venture that doesn’t make airplanes, transport passengers or ring up frequent-flier miles on the company’s credit cards. And even as it posts losses stemming from the coronavirus pandemic, United is providing millions of dollars to that venture, which has no direct ties to aviation and may not make any money.

It is backing carbon capture — the nascent technology designed to suck carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

United Airlines is the first major U.S. air carrier to take a step toward trying to remove some of the greenhouse gases spewed by it and every other airline, pollution that is driving up global temperatures.

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