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Bob Meinetz on Jan 23, 2021

Charley, we hear the term "net-zero", expressed as a goal, in much petroleum industry promotion these days. Though the term technically refers to net-zero carbon emissions - the sequestration of as much fossil fuel carbon as that being emitted - seldom is it described how that goal will be achieved.

Let's take your former employer, Royal Dutch Shell, for example. Shell sees "gas, carbon capture and nuclear power as the chief option in keeping a lid on climate change." Nuclear power is better than net-zero - it generates zero carbon emissions. So we're left with gas, being offset by carbon capture.

Efforts to realize carbon capture, on any scale that might offset the billions of tonnes of CO2 emitted by burning Shell gas each year, have been disappointing.

How does Shell plan to reach net-zero - or should we view the company's "plan" as empty posturing?

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Matt Chester on Jan 25, 2021

Over 70 percent of the participants are looking to hydrogen fuel cell and battery electric technologies as the decarbonization solutions of the approaching future.

It's interesting that these are lumped in together-- do you have  sense of which technology is gaining more favor in this industry specifically, Charley?

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