The development and deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, already WAY behind schedule if it’s supposed to be a real emissions-cutting tool, is slowing, making it even more of a longshot to hit its deadlines.
Should we give up on CCS? Is it worth a huge upfront investment if it can’t payoff in time to keep atmospheric CO2 below thresholds deemed crucial by climate scientists? This is a complicated question, given that neither activists nor experts can honestly deny that CCS may be our best bet for crucial near-term emissions reductions. Are any of the world’s governments even capable of grappling with a question this complicated? That’s a complicated one, too.