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Is Carbon Capturing Really a Solution?

Posted by gerry @ 1:17 pm on October 30, 2008

Underground storage of carbon dioxide has been proposed as a solution to climate change.  At the moment, Canada is home to one of the world’s largest carbon storage projects, in Weyburn, Sask.  However, around the world, the private sector and governments are not spending sufficient time and resources required to develop technology for capturing and disposing of carbon emissions.

To me, the capture of carbon seems to be a short-term fix, and not a long term solution.  As with any waste material, there is only a finite amount you can bury before underground until capacity is reached.  As well, there are unresolved issues about the liability involved for breaching stored carbon.  In my opinion, carbon capture is akin to shoving all your debris in your coat closet before company comes over; at some point, your guests may accidently open the closet…