Thursday, June 17, 2004

The Solution Lies in Sequestration

Shell Chairman Warns of Increasing Carbon Dioxide Emissions

LONDON (AP) - A chairman of the Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Cos. said in comments published Thursday that he sees "very little hope for the world" unless there is a reduction in global carbon dioxide emissions.

Lord Oxburgh, chairman of Shell Transport and Trading Co. PLC, the Anglo-Dutch oil giant's British wing, told The Guardian newspaper that he was worried by the threat of climate change.

"No one can be comfortable at the prospect of continuing to pump out the amounts of carbon dioxide that we are at present," Oxburgh was quoted as saying. "People are going to go on allowing this atmospheric carbon dioxide to build up, with consequences that we really can't predict, but are probably not good."

Oxburgh, a geologist, said the solution lay in sequestration - capturing carbon dioxide gas so it can be stored rather than escaping into the atmosphere. But the technique is expensive and unwieldy.

"Sequestration is difficult," Oxburgh acknowledged. "But if we don't have sequestration I see very little hope for the world."

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