Climate Change Maps: U.S. Carbon Sources

After posting our coal plant deathwatch map last week, several readers have emailed us about various climate change maps that they’ve seen around the web. A comprehensive one comes from several University of Kansas professors along with the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), called NatCarb: A National Look at Carbon Sequestration.

This is only a screen shot, so be sure to check out the interative map via the link. You can search by “all CO2 sources,” as well as “ethanol plants,” “electricity generation,” “cement plants,” and “coal basins,” in addition to individual states.

The group has been working on the map for several years and this appears to be the latest version. Beyond the fact that we just like any geographic representations of climate change concerns, we wish they had used Google maps — it would have been easier to use, and have a cleaner design.

The NETL, which is part of the Department of Energy, is funding the project. The DoE is spending considerable cash on researching carbon sequestration efforts, including funneling $66.7 million to the Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium for what would be the agency’s fourth large-scale carbon sequestration project.

The DoE is actually starting to get concerned over some of its carbon R&D costs and recently questioned the cost of the estimated $1.8 billion and growing “clean coal” FutureGen project. The DoE says it wants a reassessment of FutureGen’s projected cost overruns and wants to see a “restructuring” of the plant proposal. Yes, folks at the DoE, storing carbon underground and potentially saving the planet will be expensive.


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