To fire up the nation’s economy and to make it sustainable, we must put the coal fires out and replace them with renewable energy: solar, wind, hydroelectric, wave and other clean sources. In the interim, even fracking will do if the technology used does not harm water supplies.
Preventing catastrophe that is symptomized by global warming, all nations must transform from fossil-based power to renewables. The nations that do this first and best will be the winners and leaders in the future that begins now.
Nuclear power is not the answer because you can’t put that fire out and it is dirty as hell. In fact, you can bury the waste, but eventually it will find you. That is not the answer.
Breakthroughs in power storage and distribution will make renewables exceedingly more attractive. That is where America must apply its genius.
“Statement of Eileen Claussen
President, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions
EMBARGOED until 12:01 a.m. Friday, September 20, 2013
We welcome the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal today to limit carbon emissions from new power plants. EPA’s proposal is an important step toward decarbonizing the sector responsible for the largest share of U.S. emissions.
The proposed rule would continue to allow utilities their choice of two plentiful domestic energy sources – coal and natural gas – as long as newly built plants employ the cleanest technologies available. This could provide an important regulatory incentive for scaling up the carbon capture and storage technologies that will allow continued use of coal in a carbon-constrained world. In evaluating the proposal, we will carefully consider how effectively it can help advance CCS, and whether other incentives are needed.
While we can and should become more energy-efficient, and shift our energy mix toward inherently zero-emitting sources like renewables and nuclear, it will be difficult to do that fast enough and at a reasonable enough cost to avoid the worst climate impacts. That is why CCS is so critical.
We urge EPA to move forward quickly but thoughtfully to finalize the proposed rule and to develop standards for existing plants, which account for 38 percent of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions. Power companies face huge investment decisions as they meet new pollution standards and retire or upgrade outdated plants. They need to know the full picture - including future greenhouse gas requirements - in order to keep our electricity supply as reliable and affordable as possible.”
Via Center for Climate and Energy Solutions
- Carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies can capture up to 90 percent of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from a power plant or industrial facility and store them in underground geologic formations.
- Carbon capture has been established for some industrial processes, but it is still a relatively expensive technology that is just reaching maturity for power generation and other industrial processes.
- There are nine active commercial-scale CCS projects at industrial facilities around the world (six of those projects are in the U.S.), and approximately 50 additional projects are in various stages of development around the world (Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute project list).
- The world’s first two commercial-scale CCS power plants -- Southern Company’s Kemper County Energy Facility in Mississippi and SaskPower's Boundary Dam Power Station in Saskatchewan, Canada – are under construction. They are expected to be completed in 2014.
- There is a growing market for utilizing captured CO2, primarily in enhanced oil recovery (CO2-EOR). Selling captured CO2 provides a valuable revenue source to help overcome the high costs and financial risks of initial CCS projects.
- The International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates that CCS can achieve 14 percent of the global greenhouse gas emissions reductions needed by 2050 to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius (IEA CCS Roadmap).
- CCS can allow fossil fuels, such as coal and natural gas, to remain part of our energy mix, by limiting the emissions from their use.”