Guest hyperbole by David Middleton
Climate change: Five cheap ways to remove CO2 from the atmosphere
By Matt McGrath
25 October 2018
5 – Biomass energy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS)
The idea of BECCS is to grow energy crops that soak up carbon, which are then burned to create electricity while the emitted CO2 gas is captured and buried permanently underground.
BECCS has been dismissed by many because of the massive amounts of land that would be needed, up to 40% of global cropland according to some studies.
“If you have dedicated bioenergy crops that displace other land uses, such as forests or farms, the production of food and fibre would be reduced and you could increase the prices of commodities and really drive losses in biodiversity and ecosystem services,” said Kelly Levin from WRI.
“BECCS needs to be done in a very careful way.”
To paraphrase Dr. Ian Malcolm in The Lost World: Jurassic Park:
Using 40% of global cropland for BECCS is the worst idea in the long, sad history of bad ideas.