Stephen Harper on Carbon Capture and Storage

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Stephen Harper is the Canadian Prime Minister.

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In mid-October 2009 Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, speaking at the Keephills power station, said that "this plant will not just be a first for Canada; indeed, it will be the first of its kind in the world! ... Innovations like carbon capture and storage will define the future of this industry. I’d also like to take a moment to acknowledge the workers here at the Keephills plant who will make this project a reality. Like the 19th century coal miners and the 20th century wildcatters who gave birth to the Alberta energy industry, history will remember you as the pioneers who transformed the industry in the 21st century, as the pioneers who kept Alberta at the forefront of the global energy market, as the pioneers who contributed to a prosperous future for all of Canada!". [1]

"Carbon capture and storage could not only drastically reduce our emissions, but by exporting it to other countries, we could also make a major contribution to the reduction of global emissions. Raising awareness about this technology is key to encouraging its use around the world. That’s why, as I announced last summer at the G-8 in Italy, Canada helped found the Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute," he Said.[1]

In April 2012 the industry partners in the project announced that they would not proceed with the project following the completion of a "front end engineering and design (FEED) study". In a media release the companies stated that "although the technology works and capital costs were in-line with expectations, the market for carbon sales and the price of emissions reductions were insufficient to allow the project to proceed."[2]

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