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December 1, 2008

Newsfront: Capturing CO2

Efforts to find economical technology to reduce CO2 emissions are intensifying

Gerald Parkinson

With last month’s proclamation by President-elect Barack Obama that his administration would move to cut U.S. greenhouse-gas emissions, it appears that the U.S. may finally get in step with the 182 countries that have signed the Kyoto Protocol. Obama pledged to...

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Comments (1) for Newsfront: Capturing CO2
I note the overwhelming focus on CO2 separation, capture, sequestration, etc. Although the data (not the reports) regarding the potential impact of the so-called greenhouse gases on the general upward trend seen in most climate zones of the earth might suggest that there could be an impact on the warming, it appears that Chemical Engineering and Chem Es in general totally buy in. I have colleagues who have reviewed the data and go along, and many others who don't. The data are not always obvious and clear, and it depends on what data sets one uses (or more likely, what proxies and assumptions one chooses to use). I can also go along with the pragmatic approach, which says that if the government is going to make mandates (as damaging as they may be to the economy, or as politically motivated as they may be), we can have an impact, and try to be efficient at it, or even try to grab our share of the grant money. But, please don't make it appear that Chem Es all agree that it is a problem, and that we can and must do something to solve what may be a natural, episodic (if not periodic) phenomenon.
Posted by Bruce Bullough on Thursday, January 15, 2009 @ 10:15 AM

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