Santa Monica, CA (November 13, 2007) - GNA President, Cliff Gladstein, spoke today at the American Conference Institute’s Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Conference on public perceptions of global warming and the role that CCS could have in the strategy to address climate change. The CCS Conference took place November 13 – 15 in Austin, Texas, and focused on exploring the status of CCS technology, the role that CCS could play in mitigating emissions of global warming gases, and the regulations and incentives that will be required to enable CCS to become a part of the nation’s climate change strategy.
CCS entails capturing carbon dioxide at large point sources, such as power plants and refineries, and pumping the captured carbon into deep underground formations, thereby keeping the CO2 out of the atmosphere. Governments, industry, and environmentalists are studying CCS as one of a number of measures that will be necessary to mitigate climate change. In addition to CCS, these measures include increased use of renewable energy resources, improved energy efficiency in both power generation and transportation, reforestation, improved management of solid and liquid wastes, and other fundamental shifts in the way that humanity uses energy. Considering the world’s dependency on fossil fuels, and the decades that it will take to shift to a low carbon energy economy, capturing CO2 at the source and returning it to the earth from which it came can become an important tool in reaching GHG reduction goals. As CCS is a relatively new hot topic, the public perception of CCS is in constant flux. GNA’s experience leading the outreach campaign for the planned CCS plant in Southern California has provided the company with invaluable insight into carbon sequestration opportunities and challenges.