I often get asked the question where should people live, so that’s the question of this week’s open thread.
Weekend News Update: Underground storage of carbon dioxide may trigger earthquakes, limiting sequestration’s large scale use
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Earthshaking possibilities may limit underground CO2 storage
Combating global warming by pumping carbon dioxide into the ground for long-term storage – known as carbon sequestration – could trigger small earthquakes that might breach the storage system, allowing the gas back into the atmosphere, according to Stanford geophysicist Mark Zoback. That hazard, combined with a need for thousands of injection sites around the globe, may keep sequestration from being as feasible on a large scale as some have hoped.
But WV Senator withdraws bill to block EPA after GOP pulls its support “so that they can gain some political advantage trying to take over this issue in 2011.”
Climate peacock Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) threatened to tie up the funding of the government with his coal-powered campaign to kill climate action before the end of the year. But the Republicans killed the effort so that they could take the lead on it in 2011!
First, Brad Johnson explains what Rockefeller tried to do: