D. Beecy1 and V. Kuuskraa2
1U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Environmental
Systems, Germantown, MD
2Advanced Resources International, Inc., Arlington, VA
ABSTRACT: Role of Geologic Options In A National Carbon Management Strategy
Carbon sequestration is the critical “third-option” for addressing greenhouse gas emissions, along with increased energy efficiency and expanded use of low-carbon fuels. Together with technology progress, these three options can provide the Nation with the ability to sustain economic growth through affordable energy, while meeting environmental and carbon emission goals (Beecy and Kuuskraa, 2000).
Carbon sequestration in geologic formations, one of the options for carbon management, entails adapting natural processes that have been storing CO2 and methane (CH4) (another greenhouse gas) for geologic times. Some nearly pure CO2 is extracted from geologic formations (or industrial processes) and reinjected back into geologic formations to enhance recovery of oil and coalbed methane. Future research may even unlock the process for converting CO2 back into methane. As such, there are both near-term opportunities and longer-term possibilities for geologic sequestration to be a major option for carbon management.
AAPG Search and Discovery Article #90906©2001 AAPG Annual Convention, Denver, Colorado