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CHARBONNEAU – Get the carbon out of natural gas

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TURNING NATURAL GAS INTO HYDROGEN might sound like the alchemist’s dream of turning lead into gold but the technology has been around for decades.It’s long been the dream of our fossil fuel-hungry society that we can continue to burn fuel without the consequences of climate change. We’re totally hooked on fossil fuels and the future of reliance on renewable energy sources is decades away.

One proposed solution is to extract CO2 out of the air by sequestration: capture and store CO2. But that technology is unproven and even if it worked, would require billions of dollars to build.

It would help a lot if we could, at least, remove the carbon from the natural gas used to heat our homes, cook our meals and heat water. Fifty per cent of Canada’s household energy needs come from natural gas, with electricity at 45 per cent in second place, and heating oil at 4 per cent.

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David Charbonneau is a retired TRU electronics instructor who hosts a blog at http://www.eyeviewkamloops.wordpress.com.

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