“Lower CO2 energy sources will grow, but even by 2050 at least 65 per cent of our energy will still come from fossil fuels. So CCS will be important to manage climate impacts.”Reaction to the project has been all over the map, of course, with one Guardian reader nothing that the deal was “like locking the stable door after you've driven the horse out.” Greenpeace, which has long dismissed CCS as a “false hope,” described the Athabasca project as a massive taxpayer giveaway for Shell. As is the case with “clean coal,” CCS is not entirely carbon-free, and the promise to pump carbon deep beneath’s the earth surface is a technology that is still untested and fraught with risks. Nevertheless CCS projects in North America and Europe keep charging ahead. Time will tell whether this much hyped promise will truly cancel out emissions from the global increase in the use of fossil fuels or end up as a largely taxpayer-funded money pit. Leon Kaye, based in Fresno, California, is a sustainability consultant and the editor of GreenGoPost.com. He also contributes to Guardian Sustainable Business and covers sustainable architecture and design for Inhabitat. You can follow him on Twitter. Photo of trailings pond in the Athabasca Oil Sands courtesy of Shell.
Leon Kaye has written for TriplePundit since 2010, and became its Executive Editor in 2018. He's based in Fresno, CA, from where he happily explores California’s stellar Central Coast and the national parks in the Sierra Nevadas. He's lived in South Korea, the United Arab Emirates and Uruguay, and has traveled to over 70 countries. He's an alum of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and the University of Southern California.