Who needs trees when you have technology?

Trees consume CO2 as part of their lifecycle, but are not as fun as spending $3.5 billion.

Striking a blow against climate change, the Department of Energy will spend $3.5 billion on direct air capture, a thermochemical process that—as if by suction—pulls carbon dioxide out of the air.  

When asked where the idea came from, Secretary Granholm explained: “The initiative came in response to an overwhelming number of inquiries about whether there was a way that we, as an administration, could suck any harder.”