Bryce says the Kerry-Lieberman energy bill would be a waste of money for carbon capture and sequestration. He says there are three technological hurdles that are potentially insurmountable: it greatly reduces the output of power plants; pipeline capacity to move newly captured carbon dioxide is insufficient; and there is a staggering volume of waste. He looks at each hurdle in turn and why they present problems to the bill. Before Congress throws money at the procedure, lawmakers should look closely at the issues of cost and scale that hamstring nearly every new energy-related technology.
Bryce, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, is the author, most recently, of “Power Hungry: The Myths of ‘Green’ Energy and the Real Fuels of the Future.”