Question: It does look like we would run out of fuel if coal and oil were formed from plant and animal fossils because they have to be in limited supply. Won't we?
A & J, VA
Answer: 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."
An expert on the subject of oil reserves (who swears he is not paid by "big oil" in any way!!; and by the way, it behooves "big oil" for us to think oil is scarce, not plentiful!! Oil is worth more when it's scarce, folks!), professor David Deming at the University of Oklahoma, believes that since the beginning of time humans have used less than one-third of the world's petroleum resources. Others believe he's far too liberal on what we've so far used, but that's a rather moot point. The question is, of course, What's left? And how easy is it to get to? Mr. Deming himself estimates that the entire world has 500 years of oil supplies left even at the current levels of usage. Others say the US has at least 250 years of recoverable supplies offshore and inland on government owned lands—this does not include over 4000 privately owned inland capped wells which the US Government has laid so many regulations it would take oil jumping to $82 a barrel to break even after pulling the oil to surface.
But are these facts making any headway in America, you might ask? I'll let Gold answer that: "In many other countries they are listening: in Russia on a very large scale, and in China also. It is just Western Europe and the United States that are so stuck in the mud that they can't look at anything else."
Radical environmentalists want us to believe there is an energy crisis, too, mainly because most of them are socialists. And they see such things as private ownership of autos as an obstacle to carrying out their goals to socialize America. Socialism is control—government control over everyone and everything. Freedom is cast aside in exchange for the elites' pleasures and wishes and whims—yes, those better-than-thou—smarter-than-thou—know-better-than-thou politicians who want to continually increase the government's powers over the people. And where do you have more freedom than when you're sitting in your own automobile—able to travel pretty much where you want to, anytime you want to, and take as long as you want to get there? Compare that to Europe's and the US's large city mass transit systems—how free are you riding the New York Subway? Free to get robbed and raped—sure. (See, for example, What Energy Crisis? by Daniel Yergin)
I'm not a scientist, but I do know that evolution is a bigger fraud than manmade global warming, and much of the idea of "fossil fuels" is charged by belief in that fraud. Therefore, I've always rejected it. Another one is greed; the oil companies have gotten greedy, and they want the world to believe that there is a limited supply of oil, when many of them know there is an insurmountable supply. They also don't mind us thinking that we are dependent upon Middle-Eastern Oil, when our own government's monthly stats show that we use oil mostly from Canada. Oh yes, US oil tankers do pick up oil from the Middle East, but most of that goes to Europe, China, Japan, Australia, et al.
Crude Oil and Total Petroleum Imports Top 15 Countries
April 2011 Import Highlights: Released June 29, 2011
Monthly data on the origins of crude oil imports in April 2011 has been released and it shows that two countries exported more than 1,000 thousand barrels per day to the United States (see table below). The top five exporting countries accounted for 68 percent of United States crude oil imports in April while the top ten sources accounted for approximately 88 percent of all U.S. crude oil imports. The top five sources of US crude oil imports for April were Canada (2,079 thousand barrels per day), Saudi Arabia (1,089 thousand barrels per day), Mexico (973 thousand barrels per day), Venezuela (902 thousand barrels per day), and Nigeria (856 thousand barrels per day). The rest of the top ten sources, in order, were Iraq (519 thousand barrels per day), Colombia (462 thousand barrels per day), Russia (288 thousand barrels per day), Angola (277 thousand barrels per day), and Brazil (210 thousand barrels per day). Total crude oil imports averaged 8,715 thousand barrels per day in April, which is a decrease of 318 thousand barrels per day from March 2011.
Canada remained the largest exporter of total petroleum in April, exporting 2,625 thousand barrels per day to the United States, which is a decrease from last month (2,666 thousand barrels per day). The second largest exporter of total petroleum was Saudi Arabia with 1,107 thousand barrels per day.
See this quotation here: http://www.eia.doe.gov/pub/oil_gas/petroleum/data_publications/company_level_imports/current/import.html
As far as the world running out of oil, a canard that began for the most part in the early '70s but that has been with us since the 19th Century, let's take a look at our neighbor Canada's massive oil reserves—reserves now, by the way, that you never hear the US media, the oil companies, or the media mention. According to geologist Benoit Beauchamp of the Geological Survey of Canada, in the Nunavut Territory alone, "The figure we like to give is that Nunavut sits on $1 trillion of oil and gas." And this is a tiny space of the huge Canadian terrain.
Furthermore, regarding the subject of our planet running out of oil, Dr. J. F. Kenney, having carried out research on the origins of hydrocarbons for thirty years, writes the following: "For almost a century, various predictions have been made that the human race was imminently going to run out of available petroleum. The passing of time has proven all those predictions to have been utterly wrong. It is pointed out here how all such predictions have depended fundamentally upon an archaic hypothesis from the 18th century that petroleum somehow (miraculously) ‘evolved from biological detritus,' and was accordingly limited in abundance. This theory, if you can call it that, is wrong and has been proven wrong over and over the last centuries."
None of the above writers or scientists are backed in any way by "Big Oil."
So no, we are not running out of oil and coal; both are always forming, and tons and tons of it exists—so much that many scientists believe that we need to drill much more, that the earth is indeed dying to relieve itself of the great abundance of oil and natural gas.
After a considerable degree of study and much thought, this is pretty much where I stand on the subject.
(This is not even to mention the amount of coal that the US has—enough merely to run the whole world for another three-hundred-years. See coal reserves here: http://www.xist.org/charts/en_coalres.aspx)
But as all of you know, the propaganda machines of the U.S. media, the government, and the educational system are no mean opponents. When they agree to propound a point, they stay on it, sometimes suppress any other information and people who have it, and so far they've always won with the American people—who believe all of these outlets without question or doubt.
Back in the 1970s when we had the first "oil shortage" and everyday the media and the government and the media told us we were running out of fuel, I would tell people that this was a fraud, and some of them wanted to jump on me—they got so mad. They believed the lie then, and most believe it until this day—that we are running out of oil and fuel to heat and cool ourselves. Goofy Bush obviously believes it, as well as most of the U.S. Congress and Senate. It's one of those myth-fact barriers that, at least in my view, will never be broken.