Carbon Sequestration

So what is it.  I didn’t know, so this New York Times article helped explain it for me.  Basically, we are going to treat carbon dioxide like oil or nuclear waste: create pipelines for it, carve out vast underground storage facilities and recycle it for other uses.

But there are some problems:

Analysts estimate that capturing the carbon dioxide cuts the output of a typical plant by as much as 28 percent.

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has estimated that up to 23,000 miles of new pipeline will be needed to carry the captured carbon dioxide to the still-undesignated underground sequestration sites.

And the killer:

…carbon dioxide is a worthless waste product, so taxpayers would likely end up shouldering most of the cost. Yes, some of that waste gas could be used for enhanced oil recovery projects; flooding depleted oil reservoirs with carbon dioxide is a proven technology that can increase production and extend the life of existing oilfields. But the process would be useful in only a limited number of oilfields — probably less than 10 percent of the waste carbon dioxide captured from coal-fired power plants could actually be injected into American oilfields.

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