Monday, September 26, 2005

Oil will "run dry" within 30 years -- is this really true?

Scientist Thomas Gold thinks not. The whole idea of "fossil fuels" is that they are in limited supply underground --- over millions of years the pressure built up on organic matter to form the fossil fuels - oil, coal, natural gas, etc. This is what we have been taught in school, and is the standard accepted theory -- right now, that is. It hasn't been "proven", in the scientific sense.

Gold basically presents to the reader a theory that has explained many digs and strange occurrances of oil that can't easily be explained by the current fossil fuel model, and has been explored by the Russians for over a half a century now.

"Fascinating reading...microbes freeing oxygen from iron oxide(leaving magnetite, marking accessible oil for us) so they can oxidize petroleum as food, cells surviving at temperatures high enough to make steam because steam cannot form at such pressure."

Anyway, this theory basically says that more oil is being produced as it is used up, and hence there is a lot more oil than the current models predict.

I think I'm going to have to pick up a copy of this book.


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