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Jack N. Gerard
President and CEO, American Petroleum Institute

Jack N. Gerard

Jack N. Gerard is president and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute, the national trade association that represents all aspects of America's oil and natural gas industry. ALL POSTS

The promise of CO2 capture and storage

Is carbon capture and sequestration a magic bullet to curb emissions or is the technology a bunch of hype?

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.

The technologies that make up CCS are not new. Oil and natural gas companies routinely separate CO2 from raw natural gas to make the natural gas suitable for shipping through pipelines. In some oil fields, CO2 has been injected underground into porous rock formations to enhance oil production for more than 30 years. Today the industry is operating more than 15,000 enhanced oil recovery wells in the United States and injecting approximately 30 to 50 metric tons of CO2 annually.

The industry also is doing its part to advance capture technologies through involvement in research consortia such as the CO2 Capture Project, the Carbon Mitigation Initiative, and the Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP). The oil and natural industry also operates more than 3,500 miles of CO2 pipelines safely and in accord with federal regulations.

The oil and natural gas industry has a proven monitoring and safety record demonstrating that CCS could help meet the energy needs of the world's growing population with far lower CO2 emissions.

By Jack N. Gerard  |  March 29, 2010; 9:11 AM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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This sequestration is pure B.S. based on pseudo-science and is little more than 'Makee-workee' by the Left.

CO2 isn't harming anything and as a matter of fact it's making crops grow better.

I can imagine it now:

"Grandpa why don't the crops grow like they did when you were little?"

"Because a bunch of idiots sequestered all the CO2."

Posted by: Etek | March 29, 2010 5:11 PM
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How will that track record be monitored? How will anyone know for sure how much co2 is actually sequestered, how long it is being sequestered, or whether that amount agrees with the amount supposedly sequestered for co2 credits by corporations?

Posted by: fabco | March 29, 2010 11:03 AM
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