June 9th, 2010

Fraud 2. Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS)

Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) a known boondoggle.

You don't need to know that capturing CO2 is wholly unnecessary to understand CCS is a stupid idea that profits the few at the expense of energy end users and taxpayers as usual.

"... Robert Bryce points out in the New York Times, "That’s a lot of money for a technology whose adoption faces three potentially insurmountable hurdles: it greatly reduces the output of power plants; pipeline capacity to move the newly captured carbon dioxide is woefully insufficient; and the volume of waste material is staggering."

Add to that what we are seeing in the BP Florida oil disaster. That was caused by a surge of gas up the pipe that reaches into the oil field. It looks to have caused the pipe to fracture above the impervious layer that caps the oil and has allowed oil to flow into the permeable layer that is now releasing it into the ocean at multiple points away from the pipe. Oil fields are never completely emptied of oil. What the CCS advocates want to do is put carbon and oxygen (CO2) under pressure into oil fields. Bonkers. Lord Oxburgh of the Royal Society is pres. of the CCS assoc. (Link)
"There is no doubt that CCS is too expensive today to become a viable solution. It will lead to a 30% increase in electricity costs and requires a 20-25% increase in the physical footprint of power plant facilities.
... For CCS to really take off, one solution suggested by Lord Oxburgh is to make it cheaper for emitters to apply CCS than to pay the carbon price". He is also famous for leading the CRU whitewash (Link).

With the death of the "anthropogenic global warming by CO2 emissions" nonsense there is no need for either CCS or the  wind farm boondoggle. Perhaps he and others have an invested interest to keep the scam alive.

There are many other reasons for avoiding collecting an otherwise benign and beneficial gas in deadly quantities. The advocates, as for wind energy are remarkably reticent about the negative side that is not least the cost to end users.
We live in Alice in Blunder-for-profit-land times. If you are threatened with CCS in your area, contact your rep and demand an independent cost benefit report.

Fraud 1. Maldives, Tuvalu, sea levels
Fraud 2. Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS)
Fraud 3. Carbon credits
Fraud 4. The Wind Energy Boondoggle
Supplement to Fraud 4. Wind Energy
Fraud 5. Biofuel Boondoggle
Fraud 6. AGW by CO2 is settled science (by consensus)
Fraud 7. The IPCC - Its Reason For Being

Deliberate Fraud? 3. Carbon Credits

Carbon credits are a known boondoggle.

Also known as Emissions Trading Scheme or Scam, ETS. CERs and carbon indulgences.

So why is it it a scam? First the claim is that they reduce emissions. They are in fact legal permission to continue emitting CO2.

Daily Mail 01.06.2009 The great carbon credit con: Why are we paying the Third World to poison its environment?

In the fields around this giant chemicals factory in Gujarat, the barren soil smells of paint stripper and the water from the well makes you gag. So why has it been given tens of millions of pounds of taxpayer-funded UN ‘green reward points’, which are traded hungrily on the financial markets at huge profit? (More)

Companies that sell them suggest that they lead to trees being planted.
Sometimes they do. The David Suzuki site has a page that explains why that is a problem.
www.davidsuzuki.org/issues/climate-chang...
However, I don't have a particular issue with tree planting in that forests regulate the climate and more is good, less extreme weather events. But, as I said, where it happens. Too often old trees are felled and saplings used to replace them merely to get money.

Other boondoggles that are claimed to reduce emissions are invested in by the likes of Gore and Stern in return for credits that are then sold but the fact is they don't reduce emissions.
Windfarms increase emissions.
Danes are clear cutting a forest to plant giant wind turbines. Felling trees causes soil bound CO2 to be released plus that from the felled trees.
Case studies showing wind energy increases emissions and increases fos fuel use:
www.masterresource.org/2010/05/wind-inte...
www.masterresource.org/2010/05/wind-inte...
www.masterresource.org/2010/05/wind-inte...
www.masterresource.org/2010/05/wind-inte...

The easiest way to reduce emissions from fos fuel energy generation is to gift the wind farms to countries that can benefit from them, like Africa.

Biofuels increase emissions.
Use of U.S. Croplands for Biofuels Increases Greenhouse Gases Through Emissions from Land-Use Change (2008)
U.S. biofuels policy drives deforestation in Indonesia, the Amazon (2008)
New studies show biofuels increase carbon emissions (2008)
Palm oil biodiesel can increase greenhouse emissions by 2,000% (2009)

Biofuels are less efficient than fos fuel, mileage per gallon reduces as biofuel content % is raised, and they accelerate wear on engines. Worn engines emit more CO2 because they are less efficient. They also use more fuel. Biofuel from soy also produces much more CO2 than comparable petrol or diesel combustion.

Carbon capture and storage, CCS was shown to be boondoggle in the Fraud 2.

The EC-EU has caused countries to legislate emissions limits. It has given billions to India and China in credits for not building chem plants. They sell them back to the West. China has an agenda to build a coal fired plant every week until 2030. I doubt India is far behind. They aren't dim, they don't and won't capture the CO2 from them unless someone else pays them. The only justification for such gifts of credits and public purse money is to move wealth to China, India, Africa and Swiss bank accounts.

CRC - carbon reduction commitment
The Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRC) is a new mandatory emissions trading scheme that aims to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted in the UK. This is vital to achieving the UK's overall targets of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 by at least 80% compared to the 1990 baseline.

That is codswallop. There is not only no need to reduce emissions, there is no way to achieve such far left of ecotard lunatic pipe-dreams without killing the economy stone dead as in Spain and California. That means carbon credits instead. Who benefits? Traders, bankers, gov'ts of China, India, Africa, the Maldives, etc. and Swiss bank accounts. And the EU by fining CO2 emitters, i.e.  those gov'ts that signed nations up to Strong's sado-masochistic Kyoto con and didn't buy into the carbon credit scam.

Fraud 1. Maldives, Tuvalu, sea levels
Fraud 2. Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS)
Fraud 3. Carbon credits
Fraud 4. The Wind Energy Boondoggle
Supplement to Fraud 4. Wind Energy
Fraud 5. Biofuel Boondoggle
Fraud 6. AGW by CO2 is settled science (by consensus)
Fraud 7. The IPCC - Its Reason For Being
 

CARBON CREDITS OR TOXIC DEBTS?

Carbon credits have become such a profitable commodity that market speculators – hedge funds, banks and pension funds – have enthusiastically bought into them. Traders buy and sell credits issued by both the UN and EU schemes. For trading purposes, one allowance or Certified Emission Reduction (CER) is equivalent to one ton of CO2 emissions.

These credits can be sold privately or on the international market. Louis Redshaw, head of environmental markets at Barclays Capital predicts that ‘carbon will be the world’s biggest commodity market – and it could become the world’s biggest market overall.’