Guest “It was the best of all time, it was the worst of all time” by David Middleton
“It was the best time, it was the worst time, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of stupidity, it was the age of faith, it was the age of disbelief, it was the time of light. It was the time of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair. “
Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
“The winter of despair”
The life or death race to improve carbon capture
The technology works, but we need better chemistry and engineering to get to the extent necessary to avoid a climate catastrophe
by Craig Bettenhausen
July 18, 2021 | A version of this story appeared in Volume 99, Issue 26
Capturing CO2 is not about saving the earth. The earth is a wet rock that floats through space; it doesn’t matter whether we drown our coastal cities or turn our farmlands into desert. Rather, carbon capture is one of the technologies that we need if we want the earth to remain a tolerable habitat for humans.
In 2020 we released 40 billion tons
Once you get past the breathlessly alarming nonsense, it’s actually a pretty good discussion of the current state of carbon capture technology …
Swell: Global CCS Institute, National Petroleum Council, International Energy Agency, C&EN reporting. News from chemistry and technology
“The Spring of Hope”
CO2 capture: the key answer to climate change
By Dan Ervin
July 18, 2021
While it may be difficult for many environmentalists to see, technology that captures carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants must be part of a global approach to carbon reduction.
It’s a remarkable paradox: at a time when the rest of the world is looking to America for leadership in fighting global warming, the environmental movement refuses to accept the only technology that can make a real difference in reducing carbon emissions could turn coal and other fossil fuels into fuels that form the basis of the global energy system. Coal-fired power plants with CO2 capture technology, together with modern nuclear reactors, can reliably provide all of the electricity required worldwide with little or no CO2 emissions. These technologies will work in almost every region of the world.
Coal is the world’s leading fuel for power generation, providing nearly 40% of the world’s electricity supply and an even higher percentage in countries with fast-growing economies.
The US cannot lead the climate by writing off coal or other fossil fuels. As Senator Joe Manchin recently said, “You cannot eliminate your path to a cleaner climate, you can renew your path, but you cannot eliminate your path.”
It is absolutely critical that US energy policy recognizes that American climate leadership will come directly from coal-fired countries and advanced fossil fuel technologies along with innovative nuclear reactor designs.
There is simply no credible way to address the climate challenge without addressing the way we generate electricity and the need to make carbon capture more practical. This should not be a secondary part of the global emissions reduction solution, but should be directly at the heart of the effort.
Dan Ervin, PhD, is Professor of Finance in the Perdue School of Business at Salisbury University.
No matter how you define “the climate challenge”, Professor Ervin is spot on… Because even if the threat posed by anthropogenic climate change is 99.7% fictitious, the threat posed by regulatory violations by our own government is “a clear and present one . “And the Harris-Biden Dominion is the worst” climate challenge “since 1975 …
Science News March 1, 1975
In a Gulf of Mexico near you soon!
“Example of three primary energy centers in southeast Texas (La Porte, Texas City and Beaumont-Port Arthur – area in red box in the regional inset map, top right)) that currently produce ∼35 MTa megatons of CO2 annually from dozens of facilities, which is significant indicates future aggregation opportunities that offer economies of scale. Note the existing CO2 pipeline (green line). Red lines are hypothetical CO2 pipelines that connect emission centers with storage facilities. ”Meckel et al., 2021
Meckel, T., Bump, A., Hovorka, S. and Trevino, R. (2021), Developing a Hub for Carbon Capture, Use, and Storage on the Gulf Coast. Greenhouse Gas Sci Technol. https://doi.org/10.1002/ghg.2082