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Category archives for climate fuels

Coal-to-liquids / Oil price

On the list of things to read-n-blog since before the summer hols has been John Flecks oil-to-liquids post. John says, quite perceptively, At some price (the usual number I hear is somewhere at or above $60 or $70 a barrel) it becomes economical to make liquid fuels out of coal… The question has been why…

I’ve been on hols again – life is tough when you have kids – and am working my way through the backlog. I find… Friends of the Earth has a campaign to reduce CO2 emission limits for cars. Apparently: * In October 2008 the European Parliament is to vote to adopt the European Commission’s proposed…

As the price of oil has soared, so has that of coal. Both are demand-led. This is a very strong hint from the market that calls to phase out coal in the near future are doomed. Since CCS makes no commercial sense in the absence of meaningful CO2 limits, that too is doomed. Just thought…

Selling out to Big Oil

Seed has a new blog up, http://scienceblogs.com/energy/, and one of them is me. Atmoz isn’t very happy about us all selling out (its sponsored by Shell). I can’t speak for anyone else, but while I’m not going to disclose the fees, its only because you’d laugh rather than go green with envy :-( I haven’t…

Is Broon crap?

Originally this was going to be about politics, and the answer was going to be “not as much as his poll ratings suggest”. But then I found a speech on Opec/Oil and the answer has to be, “yes he’s crap”. On so many levels. He sez: Gordon Brown yesterday signalled a new determination to defend…

Hairyplanes

A little while ago, I ventured into aircraft CO2, and as good as said that the climate impact of aircraft fuel use should be weighted up by a factor of 2-3 because of various side effects: I thought of water vapour being dumped in the stratosphere. It turns out I’m wrong on that: at the…

A very interesting report by the Wall Street Journal reporting that “Citigroup Inc., J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. and Morgan Stanley say they have concluded that the U.S. government will cap greenhouse-gas emissions from power plants sometime in the next few years. The banks will require utilities seeking financing for plants before then to prove…

Why is aircraft CO2 majick?

A post from Eli about offsetting CO2 emissions from flights raises once again an issue in my mind, which I don’t think I’ve whined about here (do remind me if I have): why is aircraft CO2 special, and requires offsetting, whereas heating your house, driving to work, and all the other things you do to…

Less clean coal

Following in the tracks of DeSmog again. So, the $1.8B carbon capture and storage commercial scale demo has fallen apart due to excess costs (or possibly other things: here is what they say; there seems to be some dispute over the siting. Since this is probably largely a boondoggle, which town gets the jobs is…

SequestrationWatch

Well, its more interesting than CorbynWatch. So, Nature sez: New power stations across Europe could be routinely fitted with carbon-dioxide capture and storage (CCS) technology within two years under a proposal by the European Commission.