DOE is looking for feedback from industry and academia on a draft report that examines the feasibility of squeezing a little more carbon out of the old familiar places. The report, titled Unconventional Fossil Energy: Domestic Resource Opportunities and Technology Applications, was requested as part of legislation appropriating funds for the DOE's Fossil Energy R&D program. It examines the viability of some of our old favorites: oil shale, tar sands, heavy oil, oil from fractured shales, residual oil, tight gas, coal seam gas, shale gas, methane hydrates, and unmineable coal.
Some of the highlights from the report sound like the strategies of a junkie looking for loose change, which pretty much sums up U.S. energy policy over the last 30 or 40 years. Here's a sweet excerpt:
Accordingly, an unconventional fossil energy R&D strategy should work to increase the supply of domestic fuels and where possible, to do so in a manner that reduces or mitigates the net volume of carbon dioxide emitted as a result of the production and use of the fuel.
If you'd like to read the full report, scroll to the bottom of the article here. Comments are due to the DOE in the next couple weeks, so get to it.
Administration objectives for meeting national goals include catalyzing economic growth, reducing emissions of carbon dioxide that can lead to climate change, and strengthening national security by reducing dependence on foreign energy supplies. Accordingly, an unconventional fossil energy R&D strategy should work to support these objectives.While all fossil fuels involve the potential for release of CO2 during exploration, production, processing and use, amongst the choices there are positive and/or negative elements that combine to create an overall general impact. In every case, the production of domestic unconventional oil, gas, and coal resources can be assumed to reduce near term dependence on foreign sources of energy and stimulate near term domestic job growth and the creation of wealth.
[Source: Green Car Congress | Image: roy.luck – C.C. 2.0]