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Geosequestration is the term used to describe the technology of capturing greenhouse gas emissions from power stations and pumping them into underground reservoirs. It is also referred to in some circles as carbon capture and storage (CCS).
While the technology is largely untested and, by most estimates, more expensive than renewables and energy efficiency, it is being promoted by the fossil fuels and energy industries as an alternative to reducing reliance on fossil fuel energy sources.
Major fossil fuel companies such as Rio Tinto - and some governments - are promoting geosequestration as the main 'solution' to climate change caused by rising greenhouse gas emissions.
Related SourceWatch Resources
- Louise Yaxley, "Ian Macfarlane launches Greenhouse gas reduction plan", AM, ABC Radio National, March 24, 2004.
- Catherine McGrath, "Howard releases energy statement", PM, ABC Radio National, June 15, 2004.
- Andrew Fowler, "Leaked documents reveal fossil fuel influence in White Paper", PM, September 7, 2004.
- Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics, "Carbon capture and geological storage reduces cost of achieving emissions reductions", Media Release, January 18, 2005.
- A Matysek, M Ford, G Jakeman, R Curtotti, K Schneider, "Near zero emissions technologies", Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics, January 2005 ISSN 1447-817X ISBN 1920925287
- "Funds for greenhouse gas storage", BBC, June 14, 2005. (Reports on a decision by the UK government to spend £25m on research into geo-sequestration in the North Sea).
- Stuart Penson, "Britain to Back Greenhouse Gas Storage Projects", Reuters, June 15, 2005.
- David Adam, "Ministers back carbon dumping: £25m for storage under sea", Guardian (UK), June 15, 2005.
- Wendy Frew, "Buried gases may escape: scientists", Sydney Morning Herald, July 5 2006.
- Wendy Frew, "Coalmining set off Newcastle earthquake: researchers", Sydney Morning Herald, January 9 2007. (A report on a paper that flags the possibility of storage of CO2 underground as changing the stress in geological structures).
- David Humphries, "Burying the problem of emissions", Sydney Morning Herald, March 20 2007.
- Marian Wilkinson, "http://www.smh.com.au/news/environment/bhp-chiefs-doubts-over-clean-coal-technology/2007/03/23/1174597882721.html BHP chief's doubts over clean coal technology]", Sydney Morning Herald, March 24, 2007.
- EU and national policies and regulations supporting CCS "