It’s Going to Take a While to Get to Net Zero

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Since I noted earlier this week the announcement by ConocoPhillips that its “ambition” is to reach net-zero carbon for its own operations by 2045-2055, it seemed appropriate also to note that BLM has now approved the Willow Master Development Plan, which will authorize ConocoPhillips to produce almost 600 million barrels of oil over 30 years in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska. 

I commented on this project a few months ago, when the Environmental Impact Statement was released, because ConocoPhillips has indicated that it plans to utilize thermosyphons to keep the ground around its rigs frozen.  And why is this necessary?  Because climate change is going to increase temperatures in this part of Alaska by about 40 F over the life of the project.  And why is this happening?  I think we know the answer to that question.

More evidence for the second law of thermodynamics.  Entropy is definitely increasing.

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