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Alberta Government Back Pedals on Role of CCS in Tar Sands

Posted by mhudema on November 25, 2008

Alberta reaction mixed to questions about carbon capture technology

Last Updated: Tuesday, November 25, 2008 | 10:25 AM MT

Senior Alberta government cabinet ministers expressed different opinions Monday on what effect carbon capture technology would have on reducing pollution from the oilsands industry in light of internal government documents that call that technology into question.

Previously secret ministerial briefing notes obtained by CBC News under freedom of information legislation said only a small percentage of carbon dioxide released by mining the oilsands can be captured and injected underground for storage.

The briefing notes are based on the findings of a joint Canada-Alberta task force on carbon capture and storage.

“Never has been arguments been made that this was any kind of panacea,” Alberta Environment Minister Rob Renner said in response Monday. “There are opportunities for carbon capture and storage in Alberta. Those opportunities lie to some degree in oilsands.”

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Stop the Tar Sands

Posted by mhudema on July 30, 2008

Oil: Campaigners seek an end to production of CO2-intensive ‘unconventional fuels’

· Ethical investment groups try to halt tar sand projects
· Oil firms to spend $125bn to exploit new sources

Shell, BP and other oil companies at the centre of the tar sands revolution in Canada are facing a backlash from the Co-operative and other members of the ethical investment community determined to bring a halt to these operations for environmental reasons.

A joint report from Co-operative Investments and the wildlife charity WWF released today will be followed up in September by a meeting of the UK Social Investment Forum (UKSIF) to press for an end to this carbon-intensive activity.

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Is CCS the Answer?

Posted by mhudema on July 30, 2008

Betting on carbon capture
CO2 storage could solve most of Alta.’s emissions problems — if it works
Archie McLean
The Edmonton Journal
This is the pipe that brings in the co2 gas from 320 miles away in North Dakota, ending at the EnCana Weyburn facility.
CREDIT: CNS
This is the pipe that brings in the co2 gas from 320 miles away in North Dakota, ending at the EnCana Weyburn facility.

Alberta’s climate change policy is under increasing global scrutiny.

With oilsands companies ramping up production and the province still heavily reliant on burning coal for power, greenhouse gas emissions will almost double from 2005 levels by 2050 without aggressive action.

To solve this problem, the Stelmach government is betting heavily on carbon capture and storage (CCS), a promising but largely undeveloped technology.

They are counting on CCS delivering a staggering 70 per cent of the province’s greenhouse gas reductions by 2050. That amounts to 139 megatonnes a year, roughly as much as the entire country of Argentina put into the atmosphere in 2004.

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Geothermal Gets No Love

Posted by mhudema on July 18, 2008

Geothermal `not getting any love’ TheStar.com – Business – Geothermal `not getting any love’

Canada has significant `earth energy’ potential, but critics say it’s not doing much about it

July 17, 2008

Energy Reporter

Canada’s obsession with “clean coal” and carbon capture technologies has left it blind to the vast potential of its own geothermal resources, says the head of one of the country’s few publicly traded developers of geothermal power.

Gary Thompson, chief executive of Sierra Geothermal Power Inc. of Vancouver, said the neglect has left Canada a laggard among peers who view emission-free geothermal power as a strategic part of their electricity mix.

“We’re one of the few countries with significant geothermal potential that’s not doing anything about it,” said Thompson, adding that the federal government has shown little interest, despite calls for more study. “It’s rather disconcerting. They’ve really been letting Canadians down.”

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Liability Issue Over Carbon Capture

Posted by mhudema on July 18, 2008

Liability issue raised over carbon capture
Dan Healing
Calgary Herald

The Alberta government is considering a formula to share future legal liability for stored carbon with industry as it moves forward with a $2-billion carbon capture and sequestration program.

Calgary MLA Len Webber, parliamentary assistant of energy, told an oilsands trade show audience in Calgary Wednesday the Alberta Carbon Capture and Storage Development Council is looking at the issue and will make recommendations this October.

“There is some discussion regarding perhaps the industry having liability for the first 10 years and after that the liability would be transferred over to the government but it’s a work in progress,” Webber said in response to a question from an audience member from Houston.

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Carbon Capture Under Fire

Posted by mhudema on July 17, 2008

Carbon capture under fire

The Alberta government has allotted $2 billion to pursue carbon capture and storage (CCS) at a time when some environmentalists are questioning the worth of the process.
A relatively new technology, carbon storage is supposed to keep millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide gas from being released into the atmosphere by industries such as oilsands extraction or coal-fired power generation.

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Greenpeace Press Premiers to Sign Kyotoplus

Posted by mhudema on July 17, 2008

Greenpeace to press premiers to sign on to KYOTOplus

    QUEBEC CITY, July 16 /CNW Telbec/ - Greenpeace will press Canada's
premiers to sign on to the KYOTOplus targets for greenhouse gas reductions
during the Council of the Federation meeting in Quebec City.
    To emphasize the need for real action on climate change to the premiers,
Greenpeace activists will have a banner at the Council meeting highlighting
the KYOTOplus campaign outside the Chateau Frontenac at 9 a.m. Thursday
morning.
    "The federal government has failed to address climate change," said
Arthur Sandborn, Greenpeace climate campaigner. "That's why we are in Quebec
City pushing our KYOTOplus campaign with the premiers."    .
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Speak No Evil, Hear No Evil, See No Evil

Posted by mhudema on July 16, 2008

Heavy oil protest at Telus Centre

Alicia Fox for Metro Calgary
16 July 2008 05:04
ROBIN KUNISKI/for Metro Calgary

A small group of protesters targeted the Heavy Oil Technology conference at the Telus Convention Centre yesterday, protesting the ongoing development of Alberta oilsands.

Accusing the government of “greenwashing,” half a dozen protesters showed up outside the Telus Convention Centre at noon yesterday.

“Our government is insulting our intelligence and lying about (what’s really happening),” said Anna Gerrard, a Greenpeace volunteer, there to protest further development of the oilsands during the Heavy Oil Technologies conference.
“We need to stop adding to the problem,” she said.

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Carbon Capture Scam

Posted by mhudema on July 15, 2008

Public Interest Groups Oppose Carbon Capture Scam

In conjunction with the international release of a report by Greenpeace today – that identifies the ridiculous risk, uncertainty and cost associated with industry-driven plans for carbon capture and sequestration (CCS),

Public interest groups (from across the country) sent the following letter to Congress, demanding that taxpayer subsidies be disallowed CCS, and that safe, affordable and market-ready energy technologies such as wind and solar be funded instead.

Dear Members of Congress

On behalf of our members and supporters we are writing to express our opposition to any policies that promote or provide taxpayer subsidies for carbon capture and storage (CCS), the practice of trapping carbon dioxide from fossil fuel combustion and storing it below the sea or beneath the surface of the earth.

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Fun with Numbers: Gov’t’s new plan a lot of hot air

Posted by mhudema on July 13, 2008

Fun with numbers
Calgary Herald

Re: “Alberta pumps $4B into eco plan,” July 9.

The premier’s new climate sham is trying to win over Albertans by emphasizing transportation, which we need. But it’s not a solution to the climate crisis, nor does it address the other environmental and health implications of tarsands development — air pollution, the clearcutting of the boreal forest, water contamination, cancer rates in downstream communities and wildlife deaths. This climate sham is also relying on carbon capture and sequestration, an incredibly expensive and unproven technology with extremely long lead times.

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