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January 24, 2006

Price Pique Yes, Oil Peak No?

Is oil organic?

A short but well referenced paper published by the National Petroleum Company of Tartarstan in Russia presents the case that not only is there no valid scientific evidence to support the idea of oil being derived from organic sources, but that such a process isn't even plausible from chemical and thermodynamic considerations. "Dismissal of the Claims of a Biological Connection for Natural Petroleum," J.F. Kenney et al, Energia 2001, 22:3, pp.26-34, online at http://www.gasresources.net/DisposalBioClaims.htm.

This is in line with the Russian experience since the early 1950s, which in rejecting the assumptions that prevail in West, has followed a totally different oil strategy based on the development of deep-drilling technology to exploit vast reservoirs in the Earth's mantle believed to be virtually inexhaustible. For an introduction to the story, see various papers posted by Gas Resources Corporation at www.gasresources.net/index.htm. Discussion of the topic, along with some interesting exchanges with upholders of the traditional Western theory upon which all our doom forecasts (and rocketing gas prices) are based, from "Davesweb" appears on Jeff Rense's news site under "Stalin And Abiotic Oil" at www.rense.com/general63/staline.htm.

A consequence of deep-Earth abiotic origins is the continual supply to surface pockets from enormous reserves percolating up via cracks and fault lines. The phenomenon of supposedly worked-out fields replenishing themselves to the bafflement of traditionally-minded geologists has been repeatedly reported--see, for example, "Oilfields Are Refilling Naturally--Sometimes Rapidly."

On this basis, we're led to the conclusion that oil is produced deep in the Earth's mantle by processes involving methane, which is the only hydrocarbon sufficiently stable thermodynamically to constitute a starting base. An article describing how the giant Mexican Cantarell Field is thought to have been created as a result of fracturing and fissures opened up by large meteor impact is posted at worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=47429.

And it's by no means impossible that some of Earth's hydrocarbons may have been deposited from cosmic sources since the time of its formation (another of Velikovsky's contentions). The carbonaceous chondrite asteroids contain an average of 10 percent heavy hydrocarbons, and the majority of the thousands of large asteroids whose spectra have been studied fall into this category. Even a modest carbonaceous chondrite asteroid 10 kilometers across is estimated to be capable of yielding a trillion tons. A report of a NASA study finding the same processes of hydrocarbons forming from primordial methane operating on Saturn's moon Titan appears at worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=47675 -- certainly not a product of dinosaur graveyards and Cretaceous swamps.

And to round it all off, some fiery observations on the sleazy politics behind the scares and troubles besetting the world today from Jerry Mazza at www.rense.com/general67/oils.htm.

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