Power from carbon capture?

AP/Fuel Fix:
Exxon Mobil and FuelCell Energy say that they will jointly work on technology to reduce the cost of capturing carbon emissions from power plants.

The companies will try to develop technology that uses carbonate fuel cells to generate power while capturing carbon dioxide, which scientists say is the most prevalent greenhouse gas responsible for climate change.

It is a sensitive subject for Exxon Mobil Corp., based in Irving. Officials in several states are investigating the company, which they accuse of misleading investors and the public by understating the risk of climate change.

If the fuel-cell approach proves feasible, it could be used in coal- or natural gas-fired plants, the companies said.

Shares of FuelCell Energy Inc. jumped 20 percent initially but gave up most of the increase by afternoon trading.

Capturing significant amounts of carbon from power plants has been an elusive goal for the fossil-fuel industry. There have been several demonstration projects in the U.S. and elsewhere but they haven’t produced the desired results, partly because of high costs. Environmentalists say the money should instead be spent on renewable energy that is cleaner from the start.
The suit could get interesting if there is a counterclaim for overstating the risk of "climate change."  The proponents of the theory have been consistently wrong in their projections.  Their models have a built-in bias that keeps wrongly predicting increased temperatures based on CO2 emissions.  When this happens with projections is is always because of invalid assumptions, and the proponents of the theory have not been able to isolate the assumption that is invalid.

The potential for fraud on the part of the proponents of global warming is significant because they are trying to get control of the world energy supply and are pushing inefficient alternatives that are inadequate replacements for fossil fuels.  They would drive up the cost of living for everyone and would especially hurt the poor.

Alternative energy cannot be used to produce petrochemicals for making plastics and fertilizer and other products.  It is not practical for use in producing steel and aluminum.  In other words, you can't build vehicles for transportation with it and it is deficient as a fuel for most autos.


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