MIT Technology Review: CCS “technology has not been proven at a large scale”

From: MIT Technology Review

Averting Disastrous Climate Change Could Depend on Unproven Technologies

A U.N. climate report says we’ll overshoot greenhouse gas targets, and will need new technologies to make up for it.

By Kevin Bullis

A U.N. climate report released on Sunday concludes that there may still be time to limit global warming to an increase of two degrees Celsius or less, which could help the world avoid the worst effects of climate change. But doing so will depend on making extraordinary changes to energy infrastructure at a much faster pace than is happening now, and may require the use of controversial and unproven technologies for pulling greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere.

Wonkblog: “a new clean-coal plant built now costs about as much as a new solar plant…and that estimate looks optimistic”

From: The Washington Post/Wonkblog

Clean coal might work in China, but here’s why we won’t see much of it here

By Max Ehrenfreund


The EPA’s ‘technically feasible’ standards

From: MetroNews The Voice of West Virginia


The EPA’s bait-and-switch on coal continued this week in Washington.  During a Senate hearing on the EPA’s budget for 2015, administrator Gina McCarthy tried her best to argue that all the agency is really trying to do is give coal a path forward to continue to be part of the nation’s energy portfolio.

The “bait” the EPA tosses out is carbon capture and sequestration (CCS), the technology that removes carbon dioxide produced during the burning of coal and other fossil fuels.  The EPA says it has a responsibility under the Clean Air Act to reduce CO2 emissions and other greenhouse gases because they affect the climate.

Isolation of cyanoformate suggests new carbon capture approaches

Fromn: Chemistry World

Simon Hadlington

cyanoformateThe formation of the cyanoformate ion helps to explain why plants’ ethylene producing enzymes aren’t poisoned by cyanide  © Science/AAAS

Researchers have for the first time isolated the fragile and elusive cyanoformate ion, and in doing so have not only opened up new avenues in the search for energetically efficient ways to capture carbon dioxide, but may have also solved a mystery that has baffled plant biochemists for decades.