Can “Stranded” Fossil Fuel Reserves Drive Carbon Dioxide Capture?

by Emil Morhardt

Last week The Guardian ran a nice piece about the Boundary Dam power plant in Canada, the world’s first carbon-capture coal-fired power plant. The plant is in something of a specialized situation particularly suitable for such an operation—it has a large nearby source of coal, and it has a use for the captured CO2—injecting it into local oil fields to increase oil recovery.

Victoria Clark and Howard Herzog at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, used the Boundary Dam project as an example in a just-published paper examining the possibility that, should the world decide to cut back on CO2 emissions, the unused “stranded” fossil fuels might still be burned safely. Continue reading