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Carbon capture and storage in the U.S. : a sinking climate solution

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dc.contributor.advisor Judith Layzer. en_US
dc.contributor.author Henschel, Rachel Hockfield en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Urban Studies and Planning. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-11-06T16:22:27Z
dc.date.available 2009-11-06T16:22:27Z
dc.date.copyright 2009 en_US
dc.date.issued 2009 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/49703
dc.description Thesis (M.C.P.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Urban Studies and Planning, 2009. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 56-63). en_US
dc.description.abstract Coal-fired power plants produce half of the United States' electricity and are also the country's largest emitter of carbon dioxide, the greenhouse gas responsible for climate change. Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) is a proposed technological solution that will sequester CO2 in the ground. Proponents of CCS have framed it as a "clean coal technology" and broadcast the story that it will solve both our dependence on coal and prevent future climate change impacts. However, the technology is not a practicable solution for climate change, even with the most generous timetables and goals for atmospheric carbon. It cannot be scaled in time, costs too much, has serious environmental risks, and will face public resistance. Yet, CCS remains a part of future U.S. energy policy because the coal and electric utility industries have funded an attractive message and story for it. Environmental advocacy organizations are unable to create an effective counter-story because they are split into two coalitions. Therefore, the public is not mobilized and there is no incentive for legislators to challenge coal and CCS. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Rachel Hockfield Henschel. en_US
dc.format.extent 65 p. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
dc.rights M.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission. en_US
dc.rights.uri http://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582 en_US
dc.subject Urban Studies and Planning. en_US
dc.title Carbon capture and storage in the U.S. : a sinking climate solution en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree M.C.P. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Urban Studies and Planning. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 436283959 en_US


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