On Thu, 18 Sep 2008 22:57:01 -0500, Fred Kasner
Sequestering CO2 is to me a bad idea due to its unproven technology
but I can understand why its being pushed.
If it cant be made to work, the countries which are currently highly
reliant on coal fired power like China will simply keep using coal, as
they cant afford any other alternatives and maintain their own energy
Coal fired power stations have a life span of around 40 years and
China is currently building a new one every week, so they are going to
be around for a long time yet.
They are building a total of 500 plants at an average capacity of 1GW.
Whats worse, unsequestered coal fired power, or not very efficient and
unproven sequestered CO2 based power.
Both are pretty bad.
To understand the magnitude of the problem , have a go at figuring out
how many solar panels or wind turbines would be needed to replace 500
1GW coal fired power stations.