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16 februari 2012

Industrie werkt aan rampzalig scenario CO2-opslag



Door Peter Montaque, Alternet, 15 februari 2012

It's looking more and more like we're facing catastrophe from global warming, but the fossil fuel industry has prepared an escape for us. Too bad it looks like a nightmare, too.

[...] You don't hear much about it, but Bush-Cheney in 2005 endorsed a plan to bail us out of [...] [global warming] and we're still following their script. Back then, the G8 nations, led by the U.S., formally adopted a "Plan of Action." In it, the G8 (Canada, England, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, and the U.S.) committed to building a global infrastructure for "carbon capture and storage" (CCS), which means burying carbon dioxide (CO2) in the ground. Now, seven years later, that infrastructure is being built worldwide. [...]. CCS [...] is a get-out-of-jail-free card for fossil fuel corporations. With CCS, we could continue burning fossil fuels as long as they last and pass the CO2 on to our grandchildren's grandchildren to worry about, manage, and pay for.
CCS is being readied for that time when the chaos, heat and misery from global warming become intolerable and people start begging (or rioting) for relief - say, sometime between 2015 and 2030. If history is any guide, the 1 percent will use the crisis to stampede us into paying for their escape plan, which they're quietly preparing now.
Although there are very few actual in-the-ground demonstrations of CCS today, in preparation for large-scale operations there are now hundreds of regional consortiums, research groups, think tanks, policy initiatives, interdisciplinary collaborations, engineering firms, trade associations, consultants, risk assessors, mathematical modelers, environmental impact assessors, public opinion managers, professional conferences, technical workshops, national laboratories, other federal, state and provincial government agencies, international agreements and treaties, summer schools, university degree programs, environmental organizations, and philanthropic foundations - all committed to the plan to bury CO2 in the ground.

Zie ook:

New study finds geologic sequestration “is not a practical means to provide any substantive reduction in CO2 emissions”
Climate Progress, door Joe Romm, 27 april 2010

Harvard stunner: “Realistic” first-generation CCS costs a whopping $150 per ton of CO2 — 20 cents per kWh!
Climate Progress, door Joe Romm, 22 juli 2009

Voorbeeld van waar Peter Montaque op doelt:
EU-project CO2ReMoVe

En m'n blognotities:
CO2-opslag kan leiden tot vervuiling van drinkwater
CO2-opslag kan kleine aardbevingen triggeren

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