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THE QUESTION

Is carbon capture the solution?

Is carbon capture and sequestration, as some lawmakers are proposing for inclusion in a climate bill, a magic bullet to curb emissions or is the technology a bunch of hype?

Posted by Washington Post Editor on March 24, 2010 7:11 AM
FROM THE PANEL

CCS plays role in meeting demand in era of GHG reductions

Is carbon capture and sequestration a "magic bullet?" No, but it may be a partial solution, one of many challenging things that will be necessary if we are to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the United States.

Posted by Pam Faggert, on March 30, 2010 10:17 AM

CCS is a critical part of the discussion

While the idea of burying carbon dioxide underground may sound far-fetched at first, it's something that we've done successfully for over thirty years as part of oil and gas industry operations.

Posted by Jennifer L. Morgan, on March 29, 2010 10:13 AM

The promise of CO2 capture and storage

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is a promising technology in part because very large geologic formations suitable for storing CO2 exist around the world. In the United States alone, there could be between 3,600 and 12,920 billion metric tons of CO2 storage, compared with total annual CO2 emissions from large U.S. stationary sources of 2.9 billion metric tons.

Posted by Jack N. Gerard, on March 29, 2010 9:11 AM

CCS: More trouble than it's worth

With global warming looking more and more like an over-hyped threat, we need to be extra careful about solutions to it that are more trouble than they are worth. So it is with carbon capture and sequestration (CCS).

Posted by Ben Lieberman, on March 26, 2010 5:28 PM

A potential gap closer

The capture of carbon from CO2 emission streams and its permanent sequestration within geological formations has the potential to be an important gap closer in achieving the steep reductions in atmospheric emissions needed by the middle of this century in order to avoid dangerous climate change.

Posted by Donald F. Boesch, on March 26, 2010 12:49 PM

Cost is a challenge to CCS

Carbon capture and sequestration is neither a magic bullet nor hype. It is an option, but only one, in the portfolio of potential actions for reducing emissions

Posted by William O'Keefe, on March 25, 2010 3:57 PM

CCS: Neither bullet nor hype

The starting point in the discussion on carbon capture and storage (CCS) has to be that much used phrase, "There are no silver bullets". It is true of CCS as well.

Posted by David Hone, on March 24, 2010 12:57 PM

We need to talk sensibly about CCS and climate change

My company, Vattenfall, has invested around 300 million dollars in the development of carbon capture and storage. We are arguably the world leader in the development of the technology as it will be used in the power industry.

Posted by Lars G. Josefsson, on March 24, 2010 10:42 AM

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