Renewable energy beats carbon capture

Renewable energy is more likely to help tackle climate change than capturing carbon dioxide from power plants.
15 April 2019
Presented by Ben McAllister


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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (or IPCC) has recently issued a series of so-called “energy transition pathways”. These are essentially routes that we as a society need to follow, in order to prevent global warming from exceeding the limit at which society cannot continue to function. All of these pathways rely on a technology known as “carbon capture”, which would capture carbon dioxide from fossil fuel energy plants to prevent it from impacting the atmosphere. As a result, there has been a massive investment of money and resources in this technology. But, some new research from Lancaster University is attempting to figure out if that is actually the right path for society. Ben McAllister spoke to Denes Csala...


The root disagreement I have with the Committee on Climate Change is that I do not support the unscientific fraudulent claims of "Carbon Carbon and Storage" because there can be no guarantee that any carbon dioxide gas captured and "stored" could not leak eventually.

Additionally, CCS-LEAK would provide an irresistible temptation to those contracted to store CO2 to increase their profits massively by false accounting to cover-up low-cost deliberate leaking of CO2 rather than undermine their profitability by expensive long-term storage of CO2.

CCS-LEAK is therefore an invitation to fraud and is not a practical solution to meet our climate change obligations.

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