13 May '11, 4pm

Old King Coal Needs New Energy Team

Does this sound sincere or salesy to you: “The WCA reports on its website that over 53 million tons of CO2 are being stored underground, an amount that increases every second.” Who (name please) wrote this? Reality check: “Over 53 million” is not much. The EIA projects that by 2035 the CO2 emissions from coal fired power generation in the US will be 2.4 BILLION tons EACH YEAR. And even this paltry 53 million is in enhanced oil recovery (EOR) operations to help oil companies get more oil out of depleted reservoirs. Extrapolating from EOR to deep saline aquifers is what “sequestration” depends on, and CCS depends on sequestration. “Clean coal” needs some serious rethinking. The lifetime emissions from just one coal plant would require the pore space of a giant oil field. There are just not enough depleted reservoirs to accommodate the CO2 emissions from coal. The “sequestrat...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2011/05/13/old-king-coal-needs-n...

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