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Energies 2015, 8(4), 3058-3074; doi:10.3390/en8043058

News Media Analysis of Carbon Capture and Storage and Biomass: Perceptions and Possibilities

Department of Environmental Studies, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, 1 Forestry Drive, Syracuse, NY 13210, USA
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Received: 16 December 2014 / Revised: 24 February 2015 / Accepted: 27 March 2015 / Published: 20 April 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS): Bio-Energy vs Fossil Fuels)
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In the US, carbon capture and storage (CCS) has received most of its attention when coupled with the fossil fuel industry as a mitigation strategy for climate change. CCS, which is constituted as a broad suite of capture and sequestration technologies and techniques, does not preclude coupling with other energy industries such as bioenergy (bioenergy and CCS or BECCS). In this paper, we examined news media coverage of CCS and biomass individually in locations throughout the US where these technologies are being explored to determine how they are perceived and what possibilities lay in their coupling for climate change mitigation. From our analyses, we found that individually, both CCS and biomass are perceived generally as beneficial for energy development by the news media, though they are not often mentioned in combination. Combined references do, however, speak to their value for climate change mitigation and as an alternative to fossil fuels. View Full-Text
Keywords: carbon capture and storage (CCS); bioenergy; energy technologies; newspapers; communication carbon capture and storage (CCS); bioenergy; energy technologies; newspapers; communication
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Feldpausch-Parker, A.M.; Burnham, M.; Melnik, M.; Callaghan, M.L.; Selfa, T. News Media Analysis of Carbon Capture and Storage and Biomass: Perceptions and Possibilities. Energies 2015, 8, 3058-3074.

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