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Carbon Sequestration and Sustainability

16 Pages Posted: 21 Aug 2010  

Alexandra B. Klass

University of Minnesota Law School

Sara E. Bergan

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: September 1, 2008


This Symposium Essay explores the question of whether the developing technology of geologic carbon capture and sequestration (CCS), which involves capturing CO2 emissions from industrial sources and power plants and sequestering them underground, is consisting with principles of sustainable development. This Essay concludes that while CCS on its own may not be consistent with basic principles of sustainability, it presents a potential opportunity to create sufficiently deep cuts in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to allow the transition to a more sustainable future.

Keywords: Geologic Carbon Capture and Sequestration, CCS, Sustainability, Climate Change, Greenhouse Gases, Climate Change Mitigation

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Klass, Alexandra B. and Bergan, Sara E., Carbon Sequestration and Sustainability (September 1, 2008). Tulsa Law Review, Vol. 44, p. 237, 2008. Available at SSRN:

Alexandra B. Klass (Contact Author)

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Sara E. Bergan

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