Gasified coal

How to make carbon capture viable: it depends on what happens to the CO2

August 9, 2010

A lot of people who push carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) as a way of reducing greenhouse gases from coal-fired power generation neglect to consider the reason coal-fired GHGs are a problem in the first place. They are a problem because they are huge. In the U.S., half the electricity comes from coal. This translates into two…

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A practical way to store hydrogen: remapping the route to the hydrogen economy

September 30, 2009

Mention the phrase “hydrogen economy” these days, and most people will laugh at you. That’s because the phrase reminds most people of the endlessly unfulfilled promises of fuel cell–powered cars and hydrogen refueling stations. Even Arnold Schwarzenegger, with his famous hydrogen powered Hummers, has dropped talk of the Hydrogen Highway in favour of something a bit more practical:…

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U.S. climate bill set for vote: watch and learn, Canada

June 24, 2009

Professional climate policy wonks are watching the spectacle south of the Canada-U.S. border, where a House bill on climate change will receive its first major political test Friday. Political wrangling over what industries get covered (or hit, depending on your perspective), and how they are covered (or hit) has virtually ensured that the bill will…

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Alberta oilsands face threats from the U.S.: if not Waxman, then Lieberman-Warner II

February 9, 2009

To read new posts, see the Canadian Energy Issues homepage Section 526 of the 2007 U.S. Energy Independence and Security Act prohibits U.S. federal agencies from buying fuels whose lifecycle emissions are higher than those of conventional petroleum. This means U.S. agencies cannot buy Alberta oilsands petroleum the way it is produced today. Which is…

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Nuclear power in the Alberta oilsands: steps, baby steps, and pre-baby steps

January 27, 2009

Imagine an oilsands operation in Alberta where the heat to make the steam that separates oil from sand is delivered from a small nuclear reactor, which arrives on a flatbed truck. At the site, the reactor is entombed in a below-ground bunker, where it could withstand a hit from a Russian AT-14 antitank missile (which…

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Item 1: if Ontario did not have its nuclear generating fleet, last hour’s CO2 emissions would have been AT LEAST:

6,127 metric tons, and the CIPK would have been 361.0 grams

Item 2: Since prorogation of the Ontario legislature on October 15, 2012, provincial gas-fired generating plants have dumped this much CO2 into our air:

14,442,672 metric tons. This is a running total. Every hour, the total increases by the amount of Gas CO2 given in Table 1.

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