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  •  I'm also in a quandry as how to do this (0+ / 0-)

    There are many chemical reactions that can capture CO2 and turn it into a stable carbonate compound. The problem is that it takes energy. My wife is an optimist and she believes that if we solve the first problem well, that is all sustainable energy sources, that we will have clean energy to convert CO2 into XCo3 and then bury it. I am trying to get a meeting with a local geologist who is working on underground storage possibilities for CO2 sequestering.

    It may turn out that the energy required for conversion and storage is a significant fraction of the energy released by fossil fuels over time. This doesn't describe an impossible problem, just a very difficult problem. It also emphasizes the imperative to stop burning fossil fuels within a very few years. This diary outlines some of the economic challenges in doing this, that is, those fossil fuels in the ground are counted as someone's asset.

    •  Another natural way to sequester CO2 (1+ / 0-)
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      Tim DeLaney

      is in coral.  Unfortunately, global warming and pollution are killing off the coral just when we need it the most.  

      Poisoning the oceans is a bad idea for a lot of other reasons as well.  I think it is the next big environmental problem lining up to threaten us if we ever figure out how to handle global warming.  

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