October 1997

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HPIn Competitiveness: Greenhouse gases and the refining industry

This December, an event will occur that could have significant repercussions on the worldwide refining industry through the next decade. The event is the 1997 Convention on Climate Change in Kyoto, Ja..

Nakamura, D. N., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

This December, an event will occur that could have significant repercussions on the worldwide refining industry through the next decade. The event is the 1997 Convention on Climate Change in Kyoto, Japan. Basically, this is the five-year follow-up to the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. The 1997 Convention again has everyone taking sides – industry, environmentalists, political parties, etc. – with the public caught in the middle. While most agree that carbon dioxide (greenhouse gas) emissions are a problem, the contention arises from two points: How large the problem actually is (how much global warming will actually result from CO2 emissions – now

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