Policy ForumClimate Change

Fossil Fuels Without CO2 Emissions

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Science  06 Nov 1998:
Vol. 282, Issue 5391, pp. 1053-1054
DOI: 10.1126/science.282.5391.1053

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Recent work in carbon management (CM)--the separation and sequestration of carbon from fossil-fuel combustion to reduce atmospheric COemissions--has raised estimates of sequestration capacities and lowered estimates of costs, so that CM may offer substantial abatement possibilities more cheaply than nonfossil energy. CM's seeming technological and economic attractiveness has major implications for the political economy of abatement and the design of abatement policies. CM also carries novel environmental risks and raises serious intergenerational equity issues, which urgently require assessment.