A Regulatory Antidote for CCS (Carbon Capture and Storage)

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WASHINGTON, May 22, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Inside EPA reports that it is likely that CCS is not in the New Source Performance Standard (NSPS) rule sent by EPA to OMB for interagency review. In response to this information some stakeholder groups are rallying their supporters to meet with OMB to reverse the decision.

It should be noted that all parties interested in a viable climate change program cannot afford to have EPA reversed in court on a rule which is predicate to the issuance of subsequent climate change rules. The elimination of CCS from the rule will make it virtually litigation proof; litigants will be mining for fools gold.

EPA Appears To Drop New Coal CCS Requirement From Draft Final NSPS

From: Inside EPA

EPA appears to have dropped its controversial requirement that new coal plants install partial carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) from its draft final new source performance standards (NSPS) that it recently sent to the White House for interagency review, according to one informed source.

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The Economics of Magic

From: CircleID

By Bruce Levinson

Arthur C. Clarke said any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. Milton Friedman said there’s no such thing as a free lunch. The validity of the former statement does not invalidate the later. From this we can see that even magic has a price. Hence, its application is subject to cost-benefit analysis.

There are many developing technologies that may eventually qualify as magic. Quantum computing, large-scale carbon capture and sequestration (CCS), and the unbounded Internet of Everything (IoE) are a few examples of potential future magic.

US CCS milestone ‘miniscule’ in terms of need

From: Power Engineering International

International Digital Editor

A leading advocate of carbon capture and storage says that a milestone reached in the US this week is nowhere near sufficient to what is needed for the technology to be deemed a success.

Dr David Reiner, a Cambridge University Senior Lecturer in Technology Policy who has advised government, industry and non-governmental organisations on energy and environmental policy, was responding to the announcement from the US Department of Energy (DOE) of the safe capture and storage of 10 million metric tons of carbon dioxide.

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