chapter  4
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PUBLIC UNDERSTANDING OF AND ENGAGEMENT WITH CCS

ByJudith A. Bradbury

Resolution of the technical and economic questions surrounding carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS) cannot be achieved without actual, real-world demonstration. The reality of demonstrating CCS at a particular site and in a particular community requires developers to understand and work with its members to gain their permission (also referred to as acceptance), be it tacit or explicit. This permission, as highlighted in several recent controversies in Europe and the US, is not a given. Thus, while developing the technology is essential to bringing down costs, as well as verifying scientifi c predictions and understanding long-term implications, diffi culty in gaining acceptance can potentially add to overall costs and hence, impede adoption of the technology.