[LMB] Butter Bugs! Well, almost....

Mark Allums mark at allums.com
Thu Jun 26 22:53:29 BST 2008


Nick Pilon wrote:
> On Thu, Jun 26, 2008 at 8:10 AM, Peter Granzeau <pgranzeau at cox.net> 
wrote:

>> I wonder if anyone has come across a story idea on the real problem:
Burning hydrocarbons creates CO2.  Why not come across a method of
recovering all that CO2 and creating hydrocarbons from it?  Then
crude oil becomes a renewable resource....

There is something that a lot of people overlook.  CO2 is not really a 
greenhouse gas, Al Gore notwithstanding.  The main greenhouse gas is 
water vapor, with methane running a distant second.  So, sequestering 
CO2, or turning it back into hydrocarbons won't help global warming that 
much.

It might be useful to use synthetic hydrocarbons created that way as an 
energy storage method, since the infrastructure for storing and 
delivering hydrocarbons already exists.  But there are surely more 
efficient energy storage methods available.

Mark Allums



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