Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Advances in Geological CO2 Sequestration

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October 30, 2009, 12:00 -1:30 PM
2325 Rayburn House Office Building


Given the abundant supply of coal in the U.S. and the challenges of substantially scaling up renewable power, fossil fuels are likely to remain a significant source of electricity in this country for decades to come. To limit CO2 emissions from large point sources such as power plants, one promising option is Carbon Capture and Storage: capturing, compressing and transporting CO2 and injecting it into carefully chosen and monitored underground geological formations. This briefing will bring together experts from different sectors to discuss the status of efforts to safely and reliably sequester CO2 underground on a scale large enough to impact atmospheric concentrations.


Introductory Remarks

Dale Keairns
Chair, AIChE Energy Initiative

Featured Speakers

John Steelman

Natural Resources Defense Council
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Sally Benson
Stanford University Global Climate & Energy Project
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Richard Esposito
Southern Company
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S. Julio Friedmann
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
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Related Content

Congressional Research Service:

Carbon Capture and Sequestration ,” CRS RL33801, June 19, 2009

Underground Carbon Dioxide Sequestration ,” CRS RL34218, January 21, 2009

Capturing CO2 from Coal-fired Power Plants ,” CRS RL34621, February 13, 2009

National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL)
NETL report:
Clean Air Task Force report:

Coal Without Carbon,” September 2009

National Petroleum Council report:

(See Chapter 5: Carbon Management)

Congressional Budget Office paper:
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change:

Special Report On Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage, 2005

World Resources Institute:
Chemical and Engineering News:

Water and CO2 Shouldn’t Mix ,” C&EN September 21, 2009

Chemicals to Help Coal Come Clean ,” C&EN July 13, 2009

CO2 Grants for Chemical Plants ,” C&EN June 15, 2009

Dealing with CO2 ,” C&EN April 6, 2009

A Sink for Carbon Dioxide ,” C&EN November 10, 2008

Sequestering CO2 ,” C&EN November 3, 2008

Capturing Carbon ,” C&EN June 23, 2008

Capturing Carbon and Saving Coal ,” C&EN October 29, 2007