We all know the saying "what goes up must come down." And with the help of new technology, industrial carbon dioxide emissions that would normally be going up in the air may actually be coming down. Way down. I'm talking underground.
This process is called geologic sequestration. Simply put, it means taking carbon dioxide emissions from manufacturing plants and injecting it deep underground. That's great news for all us because it will reduce air pollution and the effects of global warming.
Pumping CO2 into deep oil and gas fields helps squeeze out the harder to reach reserves. The EPA hopes manufacturing plants will now be reconfigured to send CO2 down into those empty underground pockets, which make perfect storage areas.
The EPA is hoping it could play a major role in reducing emissions of CO2. And it's one of many things we can all do to cut down on CO2 polluting our air.
Look for simple steps you can take at home. For example, using a clothesline instead of a dryer six months out of the year can save up to 700 pounds of carbon dioxide.
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