The 300 Year Party


Published: August 2021


Imagine taking a magic carpet ride through northern Europe from east to west in Biblical. The area is circled on the map shown below — an area that Ugo Bardi rather unkindly refers to as a "vast regions of fog and swamps, inhabited by hairy Barbarians . . . the area we call today "Western Europe".

 

Net Zero by 2050: The Reality

Slogans such as 'Net Zero by 2050' are being adopted with remarkable alacrity by many organizations, including companies in the energy and oil businesses.

As a reminder, the term ‘Net Zero’ means that the organization in question intends to organize its operations such that it will have no net emissions of greenhouse gases by a specified date. The word ‘net’ is used because the organization is allowed to take credit for any action it takes to remove CO2 or other greenhouse gases from the atmosphere after they have been emitted. 

The Shape of Net Zero (1): No Substitute

The central theme of Net Zero programs is that our use of fossil fuels must cease within the next two or three decades. This leads to the question as to whether there any other alternative energy sources that can replace the fossil fuels while allowing us to maintain our current, energy-profligate way of living. In this article we identify the features of fossil fuels, particularly oil, that make them so attractive, and that makes it unlikely that we will find an equivalent replacement.