Hey Everyone, I just read the latest updates, and frankly, I see a terrible waste of carbon.
If you haven't read it already its about this group who are about to retrofit a coal power plant in america somewhere to capture carbon dioxide and store it in natural and safe formations underground. While this is projected to reduce emissions of the plant by 90% and capture 1.1 million tons of CO2 per year, it does seem like a waste of such a powerful molecule.
As most of us know, CO2 is a greenhouse gas responsible for global warming and the problems we may face in the future regarding flooding in all of our main population hubs. However, it can also be really useful. CO2 can be split into its composing atoms so what we are left with is pure carbon which can be used to create all sorts of materials critical to many of the constructions of the future, namely carbon nano tubes. So instead of storing the stuff underground where seismic activity could unleash huge amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere at one time, I pose to the community these questions
1. Couldn't we instead use the CO2 to create carbon nano tubes or other useful materials?
2. Would this have any possible environmental ramifications?
3. When will people realise that they cant rely on a finite resource like coal?
4. Would carbon from these power plants become something that the economy would eventually, like most things, rely on?