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  • Climate Climate Change and Energy: We Need a Big Boat

    You may remember a scene in the movie Jaws where the local police chief, having glimpsed the gigantic shark up close from back of the deck, reels back into the cockpit to observe: “You’re going to need a bigger boat.” Wringing all the carbon out of the system would be hard enough if world energy

    January 20, 2017
  • Decarbonized Fossil Energy Petra Nova is the Latest Success for Carbon Capture

    Carbon capture at the WA Parish Plant in Texas has begun, marking a turning point for the electric sector. Constructed on schedule and on budget, the project is poised to become the world’s largest power sector capture unit, removing 1.6 million tons per year of CO2. To keep global temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius, […]

    January 10, 2017
  • Technology Cleaning up Power Plants by Recovering Oil: The Game-Changing Climate Strategy

    Even with the Clean Power Plan fully implemented, coal-fired generation is predicted to make up 22 percent of the U.S. power generation mix and natural gas will be 33 percent in 2030. Because fossil fuel-fired power plants are by far the largest emitters of carbon dioxide (CO2), which is causing dangerous climate change, some control […]

    October 16, 2016 ,
  • Decarbonized Fossil Energy Alive and Well and Doing Better than Ever! — A Boundary Dam Update

    Nine months ago on these pages, I reported that the Boundary Dam retrofit carbon capture project in Sasketchewan Canada not only was working to keep literally hundreds of thousands of tons of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, but was controlling 13 percent more of that climate pollution than would be required of a new […]

    August 11, 2016
  • Super Pollutants First Aliso Canyon, Then the Rest of the Oil and Gas System

    On October 23, 2015 a massive natural gas leak was detected and subsequently demonstrated by infrared camera at the Aliso Canyon underground gas storage facility near the Porter Ranch section of Los Angeles, California.  Over 2,000 residents have been relocated away from the leak and schools in the area have been closed as well. The […]

    January 16, 2016
  • Power Plants Year One at Boundary Dam 3

    Year One at Boundary Dam 3 —  Or, You Can Catch Some of the Carbon Most of the Time or Most of the Carbon Some of the Time and Still Do Better than EPA’s New Source Performance Standards for New Coal-Fired Units. On November 9th, Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia again questioned EPA’s Clean […]

    November 25, 2015
  • Super Pollutants Putting Out the Fire: Low-cost Solutions are Available to Prevent Flaring in Tight Oil Fields

    Flaring of associated natural gas from oil wells in shale formations like the Eagle Ford in Texas and the Bakken in North Dakota has been growing rapidly for several years. Some well developers have acted responsibly, ensuring that gas pipelines with enough capacity are in place at wells before oil and gas production begins, thereby […]

    April 30, 2015