HELENA – Gov. Brian Schweitzer says a meeting he had over the weekend with a dozen Democratic governors allowed them to refine their objectives for clean coal technology.
The Democratic Governors Association meeting in Big Sky was aimed at advancing policy initiatives. Schweitzer is vice chairman of the group.
Schweitzer said he wants the DGA to push Congress to deal with greenhouse gas emissions by establishing a fee on emissions which would be used to advance greener technologies like carbon sequestration.
He says the governors are in a position to push the fee, which Schweitzer prefers to plans for a cap-and-trade system or a carbon tax.
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BISMARCK, N.D. — The future of coal as an energy source depends on capturing and storing carbon dioxide emissions and developing technology to do it cheaply, senators from North Dakota and Montana say.
A federal Energy Department official says that goal could be reached within a dozen years.
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On March 10, Environment Minister John Baird released detailed regulations to address global warming. These so-called tough measures lean heavily on new technology that captures and stores greenhouse gas emissions. Mr. Baird says catching carbon emitted from coal-fired power plants and tar-sands projects, then burying it deep underground, is a large part of Canada meeting its greenhouse gas emissions targets for 2020 and 2050.
This is unlikely. Even if we set aside the fact that Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government has set new, weaker goals so that Canada is no longer holds up its share of the Kyoto agreement, the sorry truth is that carbon capture and storage is a kind of fool’s gold — all glitter and promise, but of no real worth. It won’t enable us to meet even these weaker commitments, and it will be an expensive, diversionary tactic while Canada climbs the carbon charts.