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Ruby Sahiwal

Founder & Chairman , General Biofuels

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Is it possible to avert global warming by replacing "fossil coal" with biocoal?

To reverse global warming we need to eliminate approximately 7 billion tons of CO2 emissions annually. Worldwide coal consumption is 7 billion tons. This generates approximately 20 billions tons of CO2. Replacing about 2.5 billion tons of fossil coal with the carbon neutral biocoal will eliminate 7 billion tons of CO2 emissions thus solving the global warming problem. Is it possible to create biocoal that is cost competitive with "fossil coal"? What will it take to do so?

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  • Feb 7 2012: Would you describe the biofuel process that eliminates carbon dioxide emissions?
    • Feb 7 2012: It's the use of biomass that delivers a carbon neutral fuel. Plants have sequestered carbon and when the fuel is burned Co2 is released. Making these fuels part of the Carbon cycle. Fossil coal releases CO2 that was sequestered millions of years ago.

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