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Entergy CEO advocates carbon trading before rush to solar power

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The New York Times carried a provocative op/ed by J. Wayne Leonard, the CEO of Entergy, with important implications for Louisiana (also see Electricity and south Louisiana).  Leonard strongly supports a cap-and-trade program to set a limit on CO2 generation to encourage companies to reduce carbon emissions.  On the other hand he warns that a potential new government program to promote renewable energy will inadvertantly reduce electrical generation by natural gas and promote coal powered electicity, which is cheaper and far more polluting.

On a related subject, New Orleans CityBusiness carried an article by Emilie Bahr that describes a proposal to reinvigorate the oil and gas industry in Louisiana by promoting the gasification of petroleum coke (a waste product of oil refining), using the gas produced to generate electricity and recycling the byproduct CO2 by injecting it underground to free up bound petroleum.  

An interesting but controversial aspect of this proposal is its potential to permanently sequester the CO2 (a greenhouse gas) belowground. 

Len Bahr

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  1. Polluted says:

    Stupid! Im in 8th grade and i know the climate is screwed up! People like you should die, slowly and painfully. the big industries are polluting water, air and the earths soil! what happens when we cant enjoy the simple things in life like dancing in the rain(yeah stupid but try it! its fun and you learn things that you never knew!) and seeing your children grow up! If the world keeps going as it is people will(Most likely) only have 40-60 years indstead of the 60-100 years we have now. what happens when all the ice caps melt? ENDANGERED SPECIES! polar bears, penguins, ect! Global warming is real, not fake like you. Freaks that think like you are the ones killing the earth! Concerned is right,
    (( Its people like you who think that global warming is fake that are killing the Earth. Even if global warming is a scam, the things like recycling and switching to solar or wind power help clean up the air and the earth. The pollution in cities turns peoples lungs black just by living there, even if theyve never smoked. global warming may be fake (not) but pollution isn’t ))
    (s)he is right. what the hell is wrong with those of you who dont wanna save the earth?!
    Oh, shocked, using alternative energy is cheaper. The humanity is that mankind created the climate that we are in, they polluted the earth, the earth didnt ‘plan’ and killing itself.

  2. Chad Ochocinco says:

    I love this photo!! we should put some in my private lake that is 84 acres big. I caught this big dolphin in it.

  3. The biggest scam in history .. global warming.. LOLOLOL everyone who reads is very very well aware, the world is constantly evolving and changing and nothing mankind makes can ever help prevent the earths natural patterns…. sad day in history for us all , to see these things plastered all over the magnificent landscapes all to line the pockets of only a small handful of humans.. where is the humanity in this??

    • It’s painfully obvious to many of us who read that humankind is far far beyond the point at which earth’s natural cycles are independent of our impacts.

    • Anonymous says:

      u r crazy!

    • u r crazy!!!

    • Concerned says:

      Its people like you who think that global warming is fake that are killing the Earth. Even if global warming is a scam, the things like recycling and switching to solar or wind power help clean up the air and the earth. The pollution in cities turns peoples lungs black just by living there, even if theyve never smoked. global warming may be fake (not) but pollution isn’t

      • Concerned-
        If by ‘you’ you mean ‘me,’ you’re way off base. Thinking that climate change is fake is like thinking that Armstrong and Aldrin’s 1969 moon walk was filmed on a Hollywood stage.

    • wellread says:

      you are clearly oblivious to the scientific evidence that ‘global warming,’ or climate change, is caused by anthropogenic activities, such as greenhouse gas emissions. Is the earth itself burning fossil fuels and cutting down forests, or is it humans?

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