Blue Hydrogen and Carbon Capture Hype

Hydrogen and carbon capture talk visits Pittsburgh during the Global Clean Energy Action Forum.

Fracking = Roots of Blue Hydrogen
The Infrastructure Act’s provision of  $8 billion in subsidies for four hydrogen hubs has set off a race among fossil fuel states to position themselves as the leaders for blue hydrogen and CCUS technologies. 

“Do we fully embrace renewable energy, or do we divert scarce public funding to explore unproven technologies like blue hydrogen (hydrogen produced using natural gas) and carbon capture that can double down on fossil fuel dependency? Advocates for blue hydrogen and CCUS (carbon capture, utilization and storage) technologies argue that these technologies can prolong the longevity of natural gas and coal, and therefore save jobs. However, putting hopes for stable jobs in financially risky ventures is imprudent. Rather, diversifying the economies of fossil fuel regions by deploying renewable energy and energy efficiency and beyond, would be more prudent.”

Shanti Gamper-Rabindran | The Hill | Opinion – September 20, 2022

“Oil and gas executives want our region to invest in these unproven and costly technologies to bail out their industries, which increasingly can’t compete with clean, low-cost alternatives. The best and most cost-effective solution to climate-warming carbon emissions is to join in the transition to clean energy. Reclaiming abandoned coal mines, plugging old oil and gas wells, expanding wind and solar energy, and making our homes and buildings more energy efficient will create thousands of family-sustaining jobs while reducing carbon emissions.”

Ben Hunkler | Ohio River Valley Institute

Carbon capture: A Decarbonisation Pipe Dream
“Underperforming carbon capture projects considerably outnumber successful projects globally, and by large margins, with both the technology and regulatory framework found wanting, finds a new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). Author Bruce Robertson says seven of the thirteen projects underperformed, two failed, and one was mothballed.”

The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) | September 1, 2022

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