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Bond Announces Carbon Emissions Experiment

Senator Kit Bond is touring the state this week offering a range of solutions to the high cost of energy. Each stop on Bond's "Let's Get Real About our Energy Future" tour will focus on different ways to increase energy supply and decrease demand. KSMU's Megan Keathley covered Bond's visit to southwest Missouri.

Senator Kit Bond was in Springfield on Tuesday, where he met with utility providers and talked about improving the way America manages carbon. He formally announced the concept of carbon sequestration. It's a big word, but it simply refers to the process of storing harmful carbon emissions deep underground as opposed to pumping it into the air.

Bond refering to the different types of Missouri limestone that he says can act as safe containers for CO2.

Doyle Childers, director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, says that Bond's confidence in the Missouri-based Carbon Sequestration experiment is justified.

Geologic experts from both Missouri State and Missouri S&T agree that even if its found that carbon cannot be contained in this way, the initiative will still add to the body of scientific knowledge.

Bond says that if the project does prove successful, he will look to see Missouri become a leader in new energy solutions.

The senator said the academic research community and energy providers here in Missouri are already working together to reduce America's dependence on foreign oil.

Senator Bond will take his Energy Tour to Poplar Bluff, St. Louis, and Palmyra in the coming days.