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U.S. official makes pitch for secure, affordable energy

2012/09/06 16:29:35

Taipei, Sept. 6 (CNA) All countries in the world should make an effort to develop and apply environmentally friendly technologies to achieve the goal of a sustainable environment, an energy official from the United States said Thursday.

"We have to work diligently and together to make carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS) (technology) a commercial reality," Barbara McKee, a deputy assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Energy, said at a forum in Taipei.

"What is your wish for our planet?" McKee asked the 100-plus experts, scholars and business representatives from Taiwan, the U.S. and Japan who attended the one-day International Clean Fossil Energy Symposium to discuss innovative technologies.

McKee said her wish is for sustainable energy and an environment that allows a secure, prosperous future.

Some wishes are impossible dreams, but "the wish that we make energy more secure and affordable for all the people in the world is not impossible," she said.

The goal can be achieved if all nations in the world dedicate the effort and resources necessary to do so, McKee said.

But with the world population having increased by 12 percent, primary energy consumption 20 percent, and carbon dioxide emissions 30 percent over the past decade, the world is not moving toward a sustainable environment, the U.S. official said.

It is therefore vital to develop and apply CCUS technology, she added.

The U.S. has implemented oil recovery technology that can increase the amount of crude oil extracted from an oil field and expects its recoverable resources to increase by 60 billion barrels of crude oil as a result, according to McKee.

The critical technology can help the U.S. generate US$10 trillion in economic activity over the next 30 years, provide 2.5 million jobs and reduce its oil imports by 30 to 40 percent, she said.

The whole world is only beginning to make progress on CCUS, therefore, there is a lot to be done, McKee said.

"It is up to you to continue to stand up for our children ... we must make every effort," she said.

(By James Lee)