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Tuesday, October 05, 2010
Athabasca = Irreversible
James Hansen wants Athabasca's bitumen left safely underground, warning that the effects of continuing to mine the product on the earth's environment will be irreversible.
The top NASA scientist and climate change expert admits that carbon sequestration and capture could solve the Tar Sands carbon emissions problem but says that CCS proponents conceal the deal-breaking costs that would be involved.
"If we develop unconventional fossil fuels we're going to have to figure out a way to suck that CO2 back out of the atmosphere. And the current estimates are that could cost something like $200 to $500 per tonne of carbon," he said.
"Someone's going to have to clean that up and the costs of cleaning it up are more than the money that's made by burning that. So it doesn't really make sense. That's why I say, it looks like gold but it's fool's gold."