Thursday, April 3, 2008
In a recent article from CNN they describe a new project in Australia in which they are starting to do carbon sequestration of industry emissions. This is the first sequestration plant in the southern hemisphere and is being heralded by industry, but the environmentalists are disappointed that instead of reducing emissions they are burying the emissions underground. It seems like sequestration is going to be another way of us trying not to change our lifestyle and habits but rather move our problems further into the future. I don't know any numbers but I wonder how much gas can be sequestered underground. I also wonder if it is really worth the money and the energy to do this on a large scale. It is an interesting problem to research but this technology cannot have a measurable effect on the global amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere. I agree with the environmentalists in that we need to focus on other ways of reducing our emissions rather than pumping the carbon dioxide underground. If sequestration becomes a way that companies can look "green" then what incentive do they have to cut emissions? They can just keep emissions high, put it underground, and forget about it. I feel that in the long run carbon sequestration is not a good alternative to working toward cutting emissions and should not be seriously pursued.