Strategies to Combat Climate Change: Carbon Capture
Carbon Capture is the process of capturing waste carbon dioxide (CO2) from large point sources, such as fossil fuel power plants, transporting it to a storage site, and depositing it where it will not enter the atmosphere, normally an underground geological formation.
Initiated in 1989, the Carbon Capture and Sequestration Technologies Program at MIT conducts research into technologies to capture, utilize, and store CO2 from large stationary sources. Between April 2000 and December 2003, the CO2 Capture Project (CCP) initiated a partnership of eight of the world’s leading energy companies and three government organizations.
Immediate steps need to be taken to reduce carbon emissions and Carbon Capture is considered one of the safest options to reduce CO2 levels.
Some Supporters: MIT Professors John Deutch, PhD and Ernest J. Moniz, PhD, Natural Resources Defense Council, The United States Carbon Sequestration Council, Center for American Progress, The International Energy Agency
It is a band-aid for the problem rather than a permanent ecological solution. Some feel that decisive governmental support for exclusive energy from solar power in all its forms (direct sunlight, wind, and hydro dams) should be the path countries and agencies need to be moving towards….not temporary solutions.
Some Critics: Greenpeace International, Rainforest Action Network, Environmental Research Foundation