Go Back, it’s a Trap! On the Perils of Geologic Sequestration of CO2

Source: Patrick A. Parenteau, Vermont Law School Research Paper No. 09-19, May 27, 2009

From the abstract:
Conventional wisdom holds that, like it or not, coal is here to stay and we must find ways of making it “cleaner” and more “climate-friendly.” There are technologies to burn coal more efficiently and with less harmful emissions of conventional and hazardous air pollutants; but as yet there is no demonstrated technology to deal with CO2. The proposed solution is “carbon capture and sequestration” (CCS) involving a three-step process to capture and condense the CO2 at the plant, transport it via pipeline to a suitable site, and inject it deep underground where, it is hoped, it will remain sequestered forever. The type of CCS system that would be needed for this does not exist anywhere in the world today, and it could take decades to reach commercial scale deployment. There are a host of technical, legal, regulatory, economic and public acceptance obstacles to overcome before such a system was operational; in fact the protocols for monitoring, measuring and verifying the performance of CO2 sequestration projects have yet to be established. Nevertheless, CCS is widely viewed as an indispensable element of any climate mitigation strategy, domestic or international.

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