The “Carbon Capture Syndrome” (CCS)  —  Part-2

The “Carbon Capture Syndrome” (CCS)  —  Part-2

“The whole ”CO2-climate” idea is nothing but a clever concoction designed to lead to a global (UN-led) governance, destruction of western living standards, loss of private ownership, and – in the end – destroying mankind’s progress over the last millennia.”
– Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser
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The “Carbon Capture Syndrome” (CCS)  —  Part-2

Proof of global warming-25 Oct 2018-Photo courtesy Dr. Klaus L.E.-Kaiser

Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser

The CCS needs to be examined more closely, particularly in view of a very recent paper with the title “Carbon capture and storage (CCS): the way forward,” published in the journal Energy & Environmental Science, available for free at https://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlepdf/2018/ee/c7ee02342a .

This 114-page report, authored by no less than 30 people from 20 or so research institutes, university departments, and companies also makes proclamations on such things as “key negative emission technologies (NETs)”, “bioenergy with CCS (BECCS),” and “direct [CO2] air capture (DAC).” Lead author is Dr. Mai Bui of the Imperial College London, UK.

The paper’s abstract states, inter alia: “Carbon capture and storage is broadly recognized as having the potential to play a key role in meeting climate change targets, delivering low carbon heat and power, decarbonizing industry and, more recently, its ability to facilitate the net removal of CO2 from the atmosphere.”

A second report, entitled “CO2 Pipeline Infrastructure,” published in 2014 by the IEA Environmental Projects Ltd. (IEAGHG) is another reference used here. This 147 page report is available at no cost from Global CCS Institute’s website at https://ieaghg.org/docs/General_Docs/Reports/2013-18.pdf .

Up Front

Please let me unequivocally state here, right up front, that both articles are based on the assumption that carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions need to be curtailed, or even “reversed” (by capturing any of the existing atmospheric CO2, currently at 0.04%) in order to “save the climate.”

I vehemently disagree with that notion. Therefore, this post, exploring the CCS proposal(s), does not at all imply any credence to the widely (UN-IPCC, NGOs, etc.) claimed CO2-climate connection.

In that, it’s the basic idea of communism, where “the common good” is above all other considerations. Of course, the term “common good” has a vastly different meaning to the elite and everyone else.

However, since much of the western world seems to be “hell-bent” to follow the path to energy-deprivation, along with carbon-capture and storage schemes, it is necessary to look at this idea a bit more closely.

Let’s start with the use of CO2 to achieve Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR).

Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR)

The major industrial use of CO2 is as a tertiary recovery agent to increase oil production in depleting or old oil fields. For this purpose, the CO2 gas is typically compressed at a temperature above its critical point (31 C, or 88 F) that requires a pressure in excess of 73 BAR, or 1,100 PSI. As the industrial sources, like coal, oil or natural gas fired power plants are often considerable distances from the EOR oil fields, special CO2 pipelines are required to send that pressurized gas to the required location. The following table lists a selection of operating EOR systems in North America.

Table: Operating CO2-injection EOR facilities in North America. Data selected from Table 2, CO2 pipeline projects included in the assessment,  IEAGHG, “CO2  Pipeline Infrastructure”, 2013/18, December, 2013; available at https://ieaghg.org/docs/General_Docs/Reports/2013-18.pdf .

Location / Name Length [km] Capacity [million tons/year]
Weyburn 330 2
Beaver Creek 76 Unknown
Monell 53 1.6
Bairoil 258 23
Salt Creek 201 4.3
Slaughter 56 2.6
Choctaw 294 7

 

Actually, the original idea of using pressurized CO2 to enhance or extend oil field recovery rates dates back to 1950s or so. According to a detailed report by the US Geological Service of 2015, it is a very effective method to increase recovery rates by up to 50% compared to conventional methods, particularly of reservoirs below a depth of 2,000 ft.

The Reason for CO2-EOR’s Existence and Effectiveness

This CO2-enhanced oil recovery relies, primarily, on one important property of CO2, namely its full miscibility with crude oil (in supercritical state). In other words, it dissolves in the oil and thereby reduces the oil’s viscosity and increases its ability to permeate through the rock cavities and rise to the surface. That effect can lead to a substantial increase in oil recovery from otherwise depleted fields. Needless to say, that’s a great benefit to the producers and the world at large.

In addition, the CO2-EOR pressurizes the deep underground reservoir to increase the flow of oil.

Of course, this CO2-EOR technology was never intended as a permanent “CO2-storage” system. Nevertheless, it didn’t take long for the CO2-EOR process to be touted as a poster child for the (supposedly) successful “carbon capture and storage method.”  No wonder some anti-carbon folks think that the reason for the CO2-EOR’s existence to begin with was to sequester carbon.” In reality, that’s a false claim.

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Dr Klaus L E KaiserDr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser is a professional scientist with a Ph.D. in chemistry from the Technical University, Munich, Germany. He has worked as a research scientist and project chief at Environment Canada‘s Canada Centre for Inland Waters for over 30 years and is currently Director of Research at TerraBase Inc. He is author of nearly 300 publications in scientific journals, government and agency reports, books, computer programs, trade magazines, and newspaper articles.

Dr. Kaiser has been president of the International Association for Great Lakes Research, a peer reviewer of numerous scientific papers for several journals, Editor-in-Chief of the Water Quality Research Journal of Canada for nearly a decade, and an adjunct professor. He has contributed to a variety of scientific projects and reports and has made many presentations at national and international conferences.

Dr. Kaiser is author of CONVENIENT MYTHS, the green revolution – perceptions, politics, and facts
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Dr. Kaiser can be reached at: mail@convenientmyths.com


8 thoughts on “The “Carbon Capture Syndrome” (CCS)  —  Part-2”

  1. That entire scam was created by a bunch of displaced socialists that had nowhere else to go after the Soviet Union collapsed.

  2. These people, who would be our rulers, are fooling themselves. All that will be accomplished is a return to the times of might makes right. The head bandit rules all. The regular peasants life will be brutal and short. There will be no welfare, no societal life net. There will be no modern health care. There will be no education other than that of survival. It will take another ten thousand years to drag ourselves out of the gutter. I only hope that somehow a memory will be left of the reasons why we fell so far. We had the stars within reach and instead fell in love with the illusion of the greatness of ourselves and laziness to acknowledge the danger of the wolves among us.

  3. I find it terribly suspicious that folks like Exxon are all gung-ho for carbon sequestration and the Climate Fraud – just because it damages their chief competitor, coal, and supplies for free a substance they would otherwise have to pay for that lets them pump much more oil (CO2)…

  4. Thank you so much, Dr. Kaiser, for seeing the motive behind all this. So many people are still kidding themselves that it’s all a “mistake” that will be corrected. They resist even looking at Agenda 21 or its enforcement here in California, via zoning requirements that deprive people of their homes.

    A thin book called “Behind the Green Mask” makes Agenda 21 clear and supplies knowledge of the purpose behind this “scientific” hoax.

    A part of the means by which it’s financed is given by a Senate report http://leftexposed.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/2014-Senate-Billionaire-Club-Report.pdf

  5. well thanks for my daily chuckle
    so co2 is going to be used to GAIN that nasty OIL the greentards loathe so much?
    will we see protestors out to complain about the co2 pipelines?
    after all if they rupture, the escaped co2 is a HUGE risk to man n beast….snort gurgle gasp;-)

  6. In a world where energy use roughly = fossil fuel use = CO2 emission , the capture and storage process will simply put more CO2 into the atmosphere. They hope that the median voter will miss this point.
    If carbon dioxide scrubbing of the atmosphere really was an issue we could simply employ those median voters to plant trees and grow more crops.
    I lived at Delamere, UK during the 60s and 70s and I spent a few days there during the summer of 2018 and was amazed at the extent of the growth of the local pine forests and broadleaf plantations during the past 40 years. They convert CO2 at a measily 0.04% of air into a valuable resource almost for free. We don’t have to push Ugandans off their land to plant trees, – we can plant out hedge-rows, motorway verges, moorlands, banks of water courses etc.
    It’s our job to spread the news about the industrial CCS con-job.

  7. Hypothesis and Theory are not the same… that is the basic rule of science. It is not until you can actually succeed in demonstrating many models that the theory solves the problem, can it be stated it works. Just as a reminder…it has been proven that a self propelled vehicle does not function.
    Our entire existence on this old rock comes down to two common elements, hydrogen and carbon. I can think of nothing that is not carbon based that we use. Carbon is a defined amount…we shape it, refine it and is recycled. it will never “go away”. it is stored in rocks, soil. water and the air.
    So using carbon to obtain more carbon so we can create a carbon bank of excess carbon is like saying 1+1 = 0. It doesn’t add up.

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