Beating climate change hiding garbage, CO2, under the carpet, under the ocean

Who has never applied the old trick to hide the garbage under the rug? now we try to apply that concept to environmental solutions. The CO2 is one of our greatest enemies, responsible, according to many researchers, global warming. The big problem is that our excessive energy consumption does not stop. Energy obtained largely thanks to sources that generate huge amounts of CO2 , which is necessary to maintain the proper functioning of the industry, the progress of the more developed countries (and even more countries development) and transport. So, back to the comparison with the trash under the carpet There are two possible solutions: generate less waste, garbage or hide that somehow . The United States has already submitted a plan for the second, to hide the dirt under the carpet.

The idea: instead of reducing emissions CO2 in power generation, advocate capture that CO2 and hide under the ocean [1.99902 million].

The idea behind the latest plan of the Department of Energy of the United States, beginning with a study funded with $ 12 million (about EUR 11 million at the current exchange rate), would go through store carbon dioxide under the Atlantic ocean. Researchers are studying what techniques could be used to control emissions of gases responsible for global warming without forcing the reduction of fossil fuels in the global energy model (more information on Climate Central).


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The gaseous pollutants are captured directly in places that generate as much CO2 , for example in coal power plants, to compress it and store it in rock formations beneath the ocean subsoil. [1.99902 million]

And the idea that work would be based on systems that will capture emissions CO2 in very specific places, for example in power stations to compress and inject these gases in rock formations deep underground. This philosophy has already begun to be implemented, so far a really small scale in some power plants. Most of all we would find in Canada, in a coal power plant since last year is already capturing 1 million tonnes CO2 each year and injecting it underground (The Guardian).

In this phase, researchers will work mainly in the identifying suitable locations for such an undertaking . The most appropriate would be in the Atlantic Ocean, and especially in the Gulf of Mexico, an area rich in power plants on which it could capture CO2 , and a great knowledge of the land on that sit by oil exploration in the area in recent decades.

But the question we do remains the same. Is bread for today and hunger for tomorrow? What is the cost of capture CO2 versus the cost to avoid generating that CO2 by finding an energy model based on renewable?

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