Buck (2021): Mining the air – Political ecologies of the circular carbon economy

Holly Jean Buck IN: Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space. December 2021. doi:10.1177/25148486211061452

First, the paper examines a contradiction in views of carbon professionals: while experts understand the scale of infrastructure, energy, and capital required to build a circular carbon economy, they face constraints in advocating for policies commensurate with this scale, though they have developed strategies for managing this disconnect. Second, the paper describes views from the land in the central US, surfacing questions about the sustainability of new technologies, the prospect of carbon dioxide pipelines, and the way circular carbon industries could intersect trends of decline in small rural towns.