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  1. Jeff White March 27, 2013 at 11:44 am |

    Carbon sequestering in the foreseeable future is a mug’s game. Putting that genie back in the bottle requires nothing less than trying to replicate the effects of the carbon fossilization that resulted from hundreds of millions of years of planetary plate tectonics and volcanism. Moreover, sequestering carbon dioxide, rather than elemental carbon, requires sequestering two oxygen atoms for every atom of carbon. This would deplete the atmospheric oxygen supply, even if only slightly, and the long-term effects of such a depletion, as well as the effects of storing oxygen underground are quite unpredictable with any certainty.

    I put carbon sequestering on the shelf right beside all the other geoengineering “fixes” that capitalism has come up with.

  2. Bob Johnson March 27, 2013 at 9:12 am |

    Bravo! Very well said.

    I only disagree with the premise here ignoring our responsibility to not only stop, but reverse the damage humanity has done to our biosphere.
    It is not enough to slow or even stop this damage; humanity must burden itself much further with the very difficult if not impossible work of both carbon sequestering and at the same time managing our aging masses with a dwindling workforce due to our much needed depopulation our human footprint on earth.

    This calls for all of your above except we also need to mindfully develop the technology needed in sequestering carbon as well as softening the blow which must be the reversal of our population growth.

    Humans have “controlled nature through technology” and the massive damage done on earth is the proof of this.

    We need to reverse who and what our technology serves, as it can no longer be for the needs of the few or even the many of humanity if it does not pass the smell test of massive species extinction including our own.

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