How to burn more oil and gas but slash emissions? Offshore power stations

Tom Baxter

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Abstract

While the energy in fossil fuels is valuable for society, burning them has well documented environmental consequences – global warming, smog and the effects of nitrous and sulphur oxides. Many think the time has come to stop burning them almost entirely. This led to the Guardian launching a campaign a couple of years ago to “keep it in the ground”, which attracted much support.

The Paris Agreement is a shift in this direction with its commitment to keep the global temperature rise this century to 2℃. But within days of it coming into force last November, Donald Trump was elected American president. He wants the US to withdraw from the agreement and has appointed a fossil fuels champion, Rex Tillerson, as secretary of state.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jan 2017

Keywords

  • Carbon capture
  • North Sea
  • Donald Trump
  • UK continental shelf
  • CCS
  • Paris Agreement
  • Rex Tillerson
  • power station
  • keep it in the ground

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