# Atmospheric carbon removal: asphalt from CO2?

In reading a text about $\ce{CO2}$ recycling and sequestration of various kinds, I came to think about storing atmospheric $\ce{CO2}$ as asphalt. Given cheap energy as in the case of Iceland, and improved atmospheric carbon capture technologies, could this be feasible? Is there a name for the reverse cracking process?

• Organic revers process to cracking is called Photosynthesis. – Jaroslav Kotowski Aug 20 '15 at 14:50
• Well, I was thinking of building very long carbon chains, that's not photosynthesis, is it? Photosynthesis would just be the first step, right? – nordmarj Aug 20 '15 at 14:53
• An alternative to photosynthesis will be great breakthrough. – Jaroslav Kotowski Aug 20 '15 at 15:01
• Reducing CO2 back to alkanes (not neseserily using light energy) isn't viable as we're burning fuel to get energy - so what one country would be producing energy and the other losing it to reverse it? – Mithoron Aug 20 '15 at 21:41
• See this article sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/08/150819083117.htm They have an aike idea. – Jaroslav Kotowski Aug 21 '15 at 7:37