By JOSELYN KING Political Writer Rep....
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WVUGEO, does this process produce methanol with lower energy content than the energy required to produce it, or does it somehow violate the second law of thermodynamics? And does the carbon in the methanol it produces go into the atmosphere when it’s burned, or is an infinite chain of conversion equipment required?
There’s a reason this wonderful process won’t be commercially available without Government subsidies or Government mandates.
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It's not clear from the article that the reporter understands what a Carbon Tax is. No where is Carbon Dioxide mentioned. A Carbon Tax isn't levied on CO2, but on the Carbon content of a given fuel which could become CO2. And, the picture of Carbon taxes presented to the public is that they are a Greenhouse gas reduction strategy. Carbon taxes are, instead, a government revenue scheme. If the government honestly cared about CO2 emissions, then they would put into practice one or more of the CO2-recycling technologies developed and owned by the USDOE and USDOD. The DOE developed technology in 1976 that converts CO2 into the fuel alcohol, Methanol. Carbon Dioxide, right now, is being reclaimed and converted on an industrial basis into Methanol, plastics raw materials and hydrocarbon fuels in Iceland, Germany and Japan.
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