Coal and oil were not formed by fossils; they are not "fossil fuels."
This was a theory that began one-hundred-years ago when plant leaves and a few bird feathers were found implanted in coal only a few feet below the surface of the ground. Today, the media have made that theory into a myth-fact.
However, both coal and oil are natural creations of the earth, just as are granite and other materials that make up the earth. This particular myth-fact is sponsored mainly by oil companies—who want the world to believe that we're running out of oil, because the shorter supply of oil the higher the price and greater profit they can make.
There are several great books and articles on this subject. One is called
The Deep Hot Biosphere: The Myth of Fossil Fuels, by Dr. Thomas Gold.
In one place in his book he writes the following: "Astronomers have been able to find that hydrocarbons, as oil, gas and coal are called, are found on many other planetary bodies. They are a common substance in the universe. You find it in the kind of gas clouds that made systems like our solar system. You find large quantities of hydrocarbons in them. Is it reasonable to think that our little Earth, one of the planets, contains oil and gas for reasons that are all its own and that these other bodies have it because it was built into them when they were born? That question makes a lot of sense. After all, they didn't have dinosaurs and ferns around Saturn to produce oil and gas?"
In another place, Gold writes this:
"The coal we dig is hard, brittle stuff. It was once a liquid, because we find embedded in the middle of a six-foot seam of coal such things as a delicate wing of some animal or a leaf of a plant. They are undestroyed, absolutely preserved; with every cell in that fossil filled with exactly the same coal as all the coal on the outside. A hard, brittle coal is not going to get into each cell of a delicate leaf without destroying it. So obviously that stuff was a thin liquid at one time which gradually hardened. The only thing we find on the Earth that would do that is petroleum, which gradually becomes stiffer and harder."
That, Gold says, is the only logical explanation for the origin of coal.
Don't think that he is alone in his research and conclusions. Many critical-thinking scientists have never accepted the theory of "fossil originated fuels?"
In fact, the Russian scientific system never taught the "fossil fuel" theory. For ages the Russians have believed in what they call the "Deep, Abiotic Petroleum Origins."
Indeed, since the nineteenth century, hundreds of knowledgeable and very reputable physicists, chemists, thermodynamicists, and chemical engineers and the like have regarded with grave reservations—and even quite a snooty disdain—the theory of 'fossil originated fuels.'"
Professor Emmanuil Chekaliuk told the conference on Petroleum and Petroleum Geology in Moscow the following regarding the formation of oil and coal:
"Statistical thermodynamic analysis has established clearly that hydrocarbon molecules which comprise petroleum require very high pressures for their spontaneous formation, comparable to the pressures required for diamonds to form. In that sense, hydrocarbon molecules are the high-pressure polymorphs of the reduced carbon system as is diamond of elemental carbon. Any notion which might suggest that hydrocarbon molecules spontaneously evolve in the regimes of temperature and pressure characterized by the near-surface of the Earth, which are the regimes of methane creation and hydrocarbon destruction, does not even deserve consideration."