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Monday, April 24, 2023

The Biden administration wants the U-S carbon footprint to be at net zero by 2050. As part of that goal, the federal government is offering big incentives to remove carbon dioxide, including from ethanol plants. There are three major pipeline proposals that would capture CO2 from ethanol plants around the Midwest and store it underground. While the ethanol industry is fully on board, others question the climate benefits.

Plus, more on these stories:

  • Kansas lawmakers will return to Topeka this week. The Republican-controlled Legislature still has a lot to do before closing out the session.
  • Democratic Governor Laura Kelly has signed a bill into law creating a new
  • The Keystone oil spill in Kansas was partly caused by stress put on the pipeline during construction. 
  • The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded Wichita a loan of $191 million dollars to improve the quality of treated sewage the city discharges into the Arkansas River.
  • The EPA selected Wichita State as one of 17 new environmental justice centers, bringing with it at least $10 million dollars of funding
  • At this time of year, many farmers and ranchers across the Midwest are planting their crops and turning their cows to graze on pasture. But the drought conditions across the Great Plains region will make the growing
  • Wichita's Parks and Recreation department is offering self-service kayak rental stations at three locations in Wichita. 


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Beth Golay is KMUW's Director of Marketing and Digital Content. She is the host of the KMUW podcast Marginalia and co-host with Suzanne Perez of the Books & Whatnot podcast. You can find her on Wichita Transit in conversation with other riders for En Route, a monthly segment on KMUW's weekly news program The Range.