Good Thing It’s ^Not Pollution, Eh?

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– Research and Innovation Centre at UofRegina; site of “clean energy” investment by Shell and other fine fossil fuel financiers.

One of the more ridiculous logical fallacies that climate change denialists use is that carbon dioxide can’t be pollution because it can also be breathed by plant life. It’s really sweet they care so much about plants’ respiration, but I’m a little more concerned with the survivability of humanity instead of worrying that plants won’t have more than sufficient CO(2). (Never mind that most of these same people would probably soak dandelions with chemicals that would make your newborn’s toes curl.)

Why do I bring this up? Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS) is hitting some tough times. Sadly, this is the “clean energy” technology that the one basket UofR has most of its “clean energy” research eggs in.

Here’s why the oil industry isn’t bothering with CCS:

“Our decision was essentially based on the fact that we could not see a way to make the economics of our CCS project work as we originally intended,” said Don Wharton, vice-president of policy and sustainability at TransAlta.

He said markets for pure carbon didn’t develop as expected, and federal and provincial governments took no steps to recognize the value of reduced emissions by implementing a price on carbon, for example, or a cap-and-trade system.

In short, despite nearly $800 million in government subsidies, the company had no incentive to invest in CCS.

Let’s keep in mind that the Harper Cons haven’t merely poured hundreds of millions of dollars into CCS: they’ve in fact done so to the exclusion of any other climate-change funding (since their initial period of poorly-feigned interest in the environment when Stephane Dion was Lib leader).

6 years later, and there’s no Made in Canada solution to climate change, as I predicted very easily. There are plenty of Made in America excuses, however. And as our society focuses on technologies that are designed to benefit the oil and coal industries, we shortchange innovation in renewable energy technology. The UofR has more than 12,000 students, yet it has one VAT windmill in testing mode on its ~18 buildings, and zero production solar panels that I’m aware of. Yet it’s a world leader in CCS research. Could it be the Conservatives and Sask Party are content pretending that they are investing millions into Big Oil and Coal’s “clean energy”, while their investment will be totally useless to private [and crown] industry producing electricity?

Opportunity Cost; Opportunity, Lost. At least too much CO(2) means some healthy plants… somewhere. I guess human vegetables like to look out for their own kind.

10 responses to “Good Thing It’s ^Not Pollution, Eh?

  1. “The UofR has more than 12,000 students, yet it has one VAT windmill in testing mode on its ~18 buildings, and zero production solar panels that I’m aware of. Yet it’s a world leader in CCS research”

    Just goes to show that CCS was a diversion all along, nothing more than a bone to throw at the greenies and keep them quiet for awhile. It worked, now the greenies are all mad and junk. Face it Sakboy, climate alarmism is a dead faith.

    BTW, it sure is nice to see you write about something other than your Robocall obsession.

    cheers

    • Odd for a climate change denier such as yourself to confess to that realization. CCS never kept any green person quiet, it’s always been known and said that it’s been a diversion and greenwashing that will never be implemented on a production scale.

      The rest of your comment is equally strange.

      • So CCS has ‘always been known and said that it’s been a diversion and greenwashing that will never be implemented on a production scale. ‘.

        I guess the greenies never fell for that one eh?

        Well just go to the lefty Pembina web page, here’s a quote ” The Pembina Institute views CCS as one of a number of potentially effective technologies for reducing GHG emissions on the scale required to combat catastrophic climate change.”

        Yup, its always been known to be a diversion alright, never be implemented on a production scale alright. Oh yea, the greenies saw through it long ago. Lol!

        One day you’re going to look back on these years and wonder just what the heck you were thinking.

        Very much enjoy your blog.

        cheers

      • Cherrypicker, Klem.
        http://www.pembina.org/climate/carbon-capture-and-storage
        “However, key questions about CCS have yet to be resolved.

        The Pembina Institute views CCS as one of a number of potentially effective technologies for reducing GHG emissions on the scale required to combat catastrophic climate change. It is also critical that CCS is seen as part of a portfolio of solutions and that we ensure adequate attention is also paid to more sustainable, low-impact solutions such as ramping up on renewable energy and energy efficiency. The urgent need to deal with Canada’s rising emissions (up 26 per cent since 1990) compels consideration of CCS, but it is not without environmental risks and barriers to implementation. ”

        So while it could POTENTIALLY work, questions have yet to be resolved. My prediction has always been that they would not be resolved, but I had hoped for the sake of my colleagues (and fate of humanity) that it was possible.

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