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CO2 Does Not Pollute: But Kyoto's Demise Won't End Debate

A gas industry leader says Bush got it right, yet admits the worth of carbon abatement.
Fortnightly Magazine - May 15 2001

by the use of metallic fuel and on-site pyroprocessing. 11

Nor is biomass a practical replacement for fossil fuels, because of its huge land requirements, high labor intensity, and the serious environmental impacts of mono-culture energy crops. 11 Moreover, the best use of biomass is as a sink for CO 2 emissions from the combustion of fossil fuels. As noted before, the afforestation of the Northern Hemisphere and other effects of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions in stimulating plant growth already more than offset the still ongoing loss of tropical forests.

Instead, a great deal more effort must be devoted to make such high-tech renewable technologies as photovoltaic power more economically competitive. This option offers the additional advantage of being a distributed generation technology, especially suited for high-insolation areas in continental Asia and in Africa that lack electric power grids. Again, abundant natural gas, delivered by international pipelines or in liquefied form by tanker, can serve as an environmentally benign transition fuel until the further development and deployment of high-tech renewable energy sources.

In spite of the remaining challenges to achievement of a sustainable global energy system no later than 2100, there are realistic options for pathways to sustainability that avoid unacceptable environmental impacts. This is why so many analysts disagree strongly with the alarmist data on climate change disseminated recently by the IPCC.


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