Capturing Carbon is Real and Used to Enhance Oil Recovery
Carbon capture and storage seems like a distant concept. But some experts are saying that aspects of the tool are very much within the nation’s grasp, especially if such releases are used for the purpose of enhanced oil recovery. The technology is critical in the fight to combat climate change, which as the American public knows is a top priority of the Obama administration. As such, it would be essential to commercialize if the coal industry in this country is to remain a vital lynchpin of the electric generation market. The hurdles to such dreams, though, are formidable: That is, both the left and the right have their economic and environmental visions, with both saying that the costs are too high. One side says that the money ought to go into green technologies while the other says that the free markets are best suited to decide. “Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) is a critical technology for reconciling our continued dependence on fossil fuels with the imperative to protect the global environment,” says Judi Greenwald, vice president for technology at the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions. “Our best home at the moment for CCS advancement is carbon capture, utilization and storage,” which take the captured carbon and uses it for enhanced oil recovery.