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  •  Ah, but here is the rub. You can't just focus on (1+ / 0-)
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    flue gas emissions and capture.  The process for removing and conveying the CO2 is extremely energy intensive. If the goal is a net reduction in atmospheric CO2 emissions, you have to add in the extra energy it takes to operate this process (and its resulting CO2 generation), and then add that to the CO2 emitted from the stack from the baseline power generation.  You must look at the entire system-wide energy balance before determining if this does in fact reduce CO2 emissions.  You will soon discover that this is thermodynamically improbable.

    Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room!

    by bigtimecynic on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 07:31:33 AM PST

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