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The Age of Sustainability - Issue #15 - Storage, Grifters

The Age of Sustainability - Issue #15 - Storage, Grifters
By Denis Pombriant • Issue #15 • View online
Early on I made the point that the climate crisis was rife with opportunities for film-flam. The science isn’t hard if you know science, but if you don’t, there are many ideas that sound good but can be quite costly and that just don’t work on scientific grounds. One of the best opportunities for grift is carbon sequestration, more commonly called storage.
Storage is an interesting word, it means putting something in a place for a time but it is vague about how long. Sequestration, on the other hand carries a different meaning and is associated with words like removal or separation; banishment or exile. It has permanence written all over it and that’s important because, once it is captured, we really don’t want to see the same carbon again. So if you’re in the planning stages of a major grift, moving the goalposts by changing definitions say, from sequestration to storage, is extremely useful.
How long should carbon be sequestered? Well, the stuff we burn in our cars today was last seen above ground when dinosaurs roamed the earth. Places where we drill for oil carry names like the Permian Basin which was a shallow sea between 250 million and 300 million years ago. Today we just call it West Texas.
The petroleum we pump today started life in the sea as microscopic green plants that died, sank to the seabed and only partially decomposed. There’s zero chance that if you pump CO2 underground that over geologic time it will turn in to petroleum. When you pump out the petroleum, the rock formations that have held it for millions of years crumble and crack under the tremendous weight of the earth’s crust. Pumping CO2 into that space is a recipe for disaster since the gas would just seep out.
The articles I’ve selected today all deal with carbon storage and some even suggest pumping CO2 under seabeds. That would be perfect for grifting because when the gas (and CO2 is always a gas at ambient temperatures) escapes it would just go into solution in the ocean further acidifying it. Your big tell would be when more sea life dies and goes extinct for unexplainable reasons.
Sequestering CO2 is possible but not by the methods advocated by the grifters. Their methods are relatively cheap and provide great opportunities for lots of profits so, no surprise, that’s the popular direction for carbon storage but not for sequestration.

Australia looks to spur offshore carbon storage | Reuters
Santos urges Australia to develop into 'carbon storage superpower' - News for the Energy Sector
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