Quebec Ink

    Quebec Ink: Is carbon-capture technology a ‘false solution,’ or a vital tool in the climate fight?

    The Drax Power Station in Selby, England in March 2020. Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

    MONTREAL — On November 4, as much of the world’s attention was directed at a certain pumpkin-coloured also-ran, one of the biggest energy companies in the world announced its intention to use Quebec-sourced technology to create the Holy Grail of power generation: carbon-negative electricity.

    Should they be built—and it’s a massive, very expensive if—Shell’s carbon-capture units would be affixed to the two of the four stacks of the Drax Power Station in North Yorkshire, which supplies 12 per cent of the U.K.’s power. 

    These units would collectively filter out and separate roughly eight million tons of carbon per year. The offending gas would then be piped about 160 kilometres and pumped 3,000 metres beneath the bed of the North Sea, where it would remain, effectively, forever.

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