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Addressing Climate Change Through Carbon Sequestration

Climate Change Business
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In this July 27, 2018, photo the Dave Johnson coal-fired power plant is silhouetted against the morning sun in Glenrock, WY. More than 300 businesses and investors are calling on the Biden administration to set an ambitious climate change goal that would cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50% below 2005 levels by 2030.

Tackling the climate crisis means taking drastic steps to reduce our output of greenhouse gases and carbon emissions, but what about removing excess carbon already in the planet’s atmosphere?

On this edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer and his guests explore how farmers can, or have already started, making money from selling the carbon their plants naturally remove from the air.

Iowa Public Radio’s Katie Peikes has been reporting on the science of carbon markets and joins the conversation with Kelly Garrett, a farmer in western Iowa who has found more than $341,000 in the carbon market. Garrett is the first and only Iowa farmer that has sold a high volume of carbon credits to a corporate buyer.

Joining the conversation to address the controversies with carbon markets is Anne Schechinger, a senior economic analyst for Environmental Working Group – a non-profit active in the areas of agricultural subsidies, toxic chemicals, drinking water pollutants, and corporate accountability.


  • Katie Peikes, Harvest Public Media reporter, Iowa Public Radio
  • Kelly Garrett, farmer, Crawford County
  • Anne Schechinger, senior economic analyst, Environmental Working Group


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Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Matthew was a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa