Posted by: bklunk | January 31, 2007

Think Globally, Act Locally or Is It the Other Way Around?

Carbon Sequestration in the Valley

Something from bward:

This Morning’s Stockton Record had a report about a CO2 injection project under consideration in Thorton (NW of Lodi).  The proposed plan is to pump CO2 into an empty natural gas reservior.  If successful, the project could serve as an example of another tool in the fight against global warming.

technorati tags:,

Blogged with Flock

Advertisements

Responses

  1. The proposed pumping of CO2 into empty natural gas reserviors seems like a plausible idea. However, this will most likly not make a large enough impact for it to “Act Globally” as your title indicates. Finding ways to sequester excess CO2 from the atmosphere is indeed an issue that needs an increased proprity level, but even greater than that is the obvious need to decrease emmissions. There are countless things that each of us individually can do that will make a collective difference. The solution for global warming has to come with effectivly dealing with the source, this is not an issue that can be handled by brushingthe effects under he rug, or in this case into a natural gas reservoir.

  2. I think the idea of pumping the CO2 emissions into resevoirs seems like a temporary solution to a larger problem. By pumping the CO2 into the tanks, it will help elimiate the tozins already in the air but the proposed solution does nothing to eliminate futher emissions. The CO2 emissions are only the surface of the problem. There needs to be further action to limit the amount of CO2 that is produced. This idea seems like a step in the right direction as to how to deal with the problem of global warming. However, this is only the bare minimum of what needs to be done to combat global warming.

  3. I tend to agree with both of you. This project will not solve our global warming issue. It is essentially a feasibility study, as the article indicates.

    “The $5 million test is funded by the federal government through the West Coast Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership, known as WESTCARB, a coalition of more than 70 public agencies and private companies from Arizona to British Columbia.”

    The fact is, humans will likely need to burn fossil-fuels (and thus emit GHGs) for many more years. If this test works well, and has minimal side-effects, the technique could be used worldwide. This example wasn’t provided as the end-all, be-all solution to the global warming problem; only as an example of a potentially useful tool. Personally, I would prefer those funds to have been spent planting forests or investing in alternative energy infrastructure to reduce CO2 concentrations.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Categories

%d bloggers like this: