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CO2 Sequestration in the USA and Canada

CO2 sequestration or carbon capture and storage (CCS) involves injecting CO2 into underground reservoirs instead of putting it into the atmosphere. IF CO2 emissions are causing global warming, then there might be some science based solutions. I noticed a recent flurry of obstructionist chatter as to the massive subsidies and geological improbabilities associated with sequestration activities.

None of their commentary referenced the 2008 Carbon Sequestration Atlas II of the United States and Canada ― Version 2

Released in November 2008, the 2nd Edition Carbon Sequestration Atlas documents more than 3,500 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) storage potential in oil and gas reservoirs, coal seams and saline formations. The primary purpose of the 2nd Edition is to update the CO2 storage portfolio, document differences in CO2 resource and CO2 capacity and provide updated information on the Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships' field activities. The updated version also provides an introduction to the sequestration process and summarizes DOE’s Carbon Sequestration Program. It presents updated information on the location of stationary CO2 emission sources, as well as the locations and storage potential of various geologic sequestration sites, and it provides information about the commercialization opportunities for carbon capture and storage technologies for each partnership.

I'm not convinced that we are heading into a period of warmer temperatures which may render the whole debate irrelevant excepting one reason - Enhanced (or Improved) Oil Recovery or EOR/IOR use CO2. We may end up motivated to use CO2 to get more oil out of old fields. If you're interested in this subject I've but together a 5 part series that you can subscribe to - just fill in your name and email in the sign up box on the right.

If we are heading for warmer temperatures then it behooves us to evaluate remedial measures without blaming oil companies for all the evils of the world. We used to burn wood and coal - I'm grateful for energy derived from petroleum but open to better alternatives.

The environmental fussbudgets may have a struggle in keeping their faithful converts. Especially if members of their congregation start reading a thermometer. Frankly, I'm more concerned about a Little Ice Age. How many science courses did Al Gore take?