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How to save the planet - with carbon dioxide

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Surya, thank you for joining us I thank you and most importantly, thank you for putting together this conference. Tell me, how did it come about? Myself and my colleague, Professor George Olah, are working on what is called a methanol economy concept where methanol can be made by recycling CO2 with energy. And since we had written a book on this topic several years ago, this got the interest of NSF, and we were asked to organise this symposium. What is your ultimate goal for this workshop - what do you hope to accomplish? The ultimate goal for this work shop is to talk about what chemical scientists can do in this area for the solving of this problem in the near-term and also towards the long-term. There has to be a paradigm shift in adopting some of this technology. Already oil is $140 a barrel and people are realising that oil is a finite commodity, it is also leading to a lot of CO2 production and global warming and I have a feeling that this time around there'll be definitely a shift in adopting some of these technologies. I think the common man in America is already aware of these issues because he's paying attention to his pocket book! Gasoline is selling at $4.50, in California it's almost $5 a gallon. Because of this, already I think the common man is paying attention and also we as scientists, I think we should talk at their level so they can understand the problems much better. I think it's not just 'crying wolf' anymore, we have a real problem, and I think the scientists, not only US scientists, but scientists from all over the world will come together in solving these issues. Because what I fervently believe is Earth does not have an energy problem, we have an energy carrier and distribution problem. We have plenty of alternative energies. The sun has been the source all energy - past, present and the forseable future - the next 4 billion years! So we can harness the sun's energy and make all these liquid fuels and mankind will solve this problem. Dr. Olah, thank you for joining us. It's my pleasure. Tell me, what is the relationship between the incredible research you did that won you a Nobel Prize, and the work in which you are engaged today? Well you know, scientists, at least in my opinion, are mostly driven by curiosity. There is something in the human being that we have a drive to understand things, to discover things, and so on, so I was very intrested to explore, can we, people, with the means we have in science today capture and recycle carbon dioxide? In other words, convert this harmful greenhouse gas into a useful, new product, like fuels, materials, whatever. Is there a possibility for us to regenerate this byproduct of all processes in which carbon containing compounds combine with oxygen? Whether we can recycle it by our own effort and provide not only an inexhaustible reservoir of raw material for mankind, but also help to overcome the inevitable shortages, say, of oil and gas, eventually coal and so on. It looks like some of this chemistry on which we were working for a long while because of our curiosity, and then based on results, our beliefs that it can be done, now is moving into the real life.

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Duration: 4 minutes and 21 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
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Posted by: lizb on Jun 8, 2010

G.K. Surya Prakash and George A. Olah of USC College's Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute talk about their work toward recycling carbon dioxide for energy.

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