Duncan Wilcock

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Friday, September 08, 2006

Carbon Sequestration

Another great article from the Economist - on climate change.

http://economist.com/opinion/displaystory.cfm?story_id=7884738

It's nice to see a rightist magazine seeing the value in being green.

My only beef is "Carbon Sequestration" - it seems to have seized the approval of a lot of otherwise smart thinkers out there, but I just can't get my gut behind it. It feels wrong to me. Maybe it's that it is new & a bit of a fantasy, so people are latching on to it as a saviour. My gut tells me it's a band-aid & an unsustainable option. I'll have to do some more research into it to see how much i trust it.

It just seems to me that if you stick all that CO2 underground - not only is it an energy intensive task that is effectively a tax on already inefficient electrical generation technologies, but it seems a little too buck rogers, with risks of leaks & escapes. I guess it's creating "CO2 dumps" underground - much too much like chemical dumping in rivers, and trash dumping in landfills.

I don't like it!