Deniers propping up carbon sequestration as political lip service

Tue, 2007-09-04 11:40Kevin Grandia
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Deniers propping up carbon sequestration as political lip service

Ever wonder why so many former climate change “skeptics” are now saying that global warming is real and we should think about doing something?

For many it's a delay tactic. Lacking the scientific evidence to continue to deny what is so obviously a reality, some people are moving on to new PR tactics.

One such tactic has been uncovered by Dave Roberts at Grist. In an email back-and-forth from a “Skeptical Climate Science” discussion group, Richard S. Courtney, a coal industry defender, writes:

“Firstly, the value of carbon sequestration is political: n.b. it is not technological or economic.

There is opposition to power generation systems that emit CO2 as waste (this is similar to opposition to nuclear power systems that emit radioactive waste). A response to the opposition is needed until the AGW scare is ended. And claims of carbon sequestration (cs) provide that needed response although everybody knows cs would be too expensive for it to be used.” [Dave's my emphasis]

This is the new age of global warming denial spin and its more desperate than ever. Now in a corner, having no science to stand on, people like Courtney are suggesting that it is now time to pay lip service to the public (who are genuinely concerned) and offer solutions that really aren't solutions. 

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Begging a question. What is the cost comparison of installing 100% sequestration equipment, versus 100% CO2 offsetting (certified of course). I recall recent reading that a coal plant is doing the latter combined with mecury reductions + offsetting.

Let me see what I can dig up. 


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