US trials carbon capture initiative

Project to reduce pollution by burying emissions from coal burning power plants.


    Coal is cheap and abundant in the US state of West Virginia, a combination that has led the fossil fuel to become a prime source of energy, jobs and political influence.

    However, the very benefits it provides also pose a huge environmental challenge.

    Al Jazeera's Tom Ackerman visits the Mountain State, home to the largest electricity company in the US, to find out how American Electric Power (AEP) can churn out tons of carbon dioxide without contributing to a global environmental disaster.

    Teaming up with the French energy consultants Alstom, AEP has begun to pump waste chemical gases deep into the ground - a procedure it says could keep our atmosphere safe for centuries to come.

    They hope to demonstrate their particular method of underground carbon capture and storage can isolate nearly all the CO2 from existing power plants.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Double standards: 'Why aren't we all with Somalia?'

    Double standards: 'Why aren't we all with Somalia?'

    More than 300 people died in Somalia but some are asking why there was less news coverage and sympathy on social media.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    Kobe Steel: A scandal made in Japan

    Kobe Steel: A scandal made in Japan

    Japan's third-largest steelmaker has admitted it faked data on parts used in cars, planes and trains.