Posted by: Lawyer Sanders | July 1, 2008

Theory of abiotic generation of oil spurns link between oil and decay of biological creatures.

Have you heard about the Russian scientific theory that oil is not a fossil fuel and the supply of oil is not exhaustible?  There are certain Russian and American scientists that contend that oil is primordial—that it dates back to Earth’s origin— made through an inorganic process due to heat and pressure.  Under this abiotic theory, oil is a ancient primordial material found deep in the earth’s mantle that has migrated upward under pressure to the upper layer of the Earth’s crust.

This non-biological generation theory of oil is contrary to the traditional belief that oil is the result of decay of organisms that lived and died millions of years ago.  According to the bio-generation- theory, oil was created millions of years ago during relatively brief periods of global warming under highly fortuitous circumstances.  This traditional theory of petroleum formation connects oil with the process of sedimentation. And, indeed, nearly all of the oil that has been discovered over the past century-and-a-half is associated with sedimentary rocks.  The vast majority of scientists and petroleum industrial giants line up on the side of the biotic theory to explain how oil is created.

However, some Russian scientists and a small handful Western scientists, among them the late Cornell University physicist Thomas Gold—think the traditional view of how oil was created is pure poppycock advanced by the petrochemical industry and those interested in advancing the fear within the public that we are running out of oil.  In short, the idea that our planet is running out of oil is advocated by those in our society motivated by a desire to run up the price per barrel of oil.

Thomas Gold’s book, The Deep Hot Biosphere (1998), created a great deal of controversy among readers on the questions of how oil was created and whether we are truly running out of it.  In his book, Gold argues that hydrocarbons existed at the time of the solar system’s formation, and are known to be abundant on other planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and some of their moons) — even through scientists believe no life flourished on these plants or moons in the past.  

Gold advanced the theory that oil is created independent of any decay of living organisms.  Gold believed there are nearly limitless pools of liquid primordial hydrocarbons at great depths on Earth.  Moreover, primordial pools of hydrocarbons in the mantle of the earth slowly replenish the reservoirs that conventional oil drillers tap.

Gold is not alone on this subject.  According to J.F. Kennedy of Gas Resources Corporation, the modern Russian-Ukrainian theory of deep, abiotic petroleum origins recognizes that petroleum is a primordial material of deep origin which has been erupted into the crust of the Earth.  Kennedy believes petroleum is not a “fossil fuel” and has no intrinsic connection with dead alga, dinosaurs, or any other biological detritus.  


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