With the problem of global warming upon us the world needs to implement carbon capture technologies that are both economical and effective.
The basic idea of global warming is a simple one. The sun emits solar radiation that reaches the earth which warms its surface. The earth, trying to achieve steady state, emits radiation back into space in order to keep it at a certain temperature. When greenhouse gases are present in our atmosphere this steady state balance is thrown off balance. These greenhouse gases absorb the heat and hence the temperature will steadily rise. Currently one third of carbon emissions in the U.S. come from coal powered power plants with the flue gases from these processes containing 10-12 percent CO2. The question humanity needs to ask is how to deal with this problem? Should the U.S. use carbon capturing technologies to get rid of the current amount or should we install and practice better omission technologies to attack the problem before it escalates?