Skip to comments.Earth Day: Hail Fossil Fuels, Energy Of The Future
Posted on 04/22/2014 6:04:09 AM PDT by rktman
On Earth Day, according to various advocates, "events are held worldwide to increase awareness and appreciation of the Earth's natural environment." As we observe the event Tuesday, it might be a good time to appreciate the fact that Americans get most of their plentiful, affordable energy directly from the Earth's "natural environment" in the form of fossil fuels (coal, natural gas, and petroleum).
It's largely those energy sources that fuel our vehicles and airplanes; heat, cool and light our homes and businesses; power our nation's factories; and in the process significantly raise our standard of living.
Shouldn't that be part of "increasing our awareness and appreciation of Earth's natural environment" to celebrate Mother Earth's bountiful natural resources in the form of abundant, low-cost fossil fuels?
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I actually find that to be counterproductive to the cause of conservatives. Using energy I don't need and giving more money to to the energy companies and feds (taxes) is not 'conservative'.
That being said, I have to run a bunch of errands today, meaning I will be driving around town quite a bit. I will not 'limit' that driving , as my way of protest.
Basically, I'm ignoring Earth Day.
Earth Day is just a 'game' the liberals play where they pick ONE DAY to 'be' conservative, and are totally wasteful the other 364 days.
LOL! It’s either their way or the highway. Talk about irrational people who will not compromise. At least they’re dedicated.
Eventually, hopefully not sooner than later, we will run out of $100/barrel oil and the price will go up to $250/barrel, leading to another increase in availability.
“fossil fuels (coal, natural gas, and petroleum)”
There is some reasonable evidence that natural gas and higher hydrocarbons can be produced abiotically — no need for dead dinosaurs.
Oil is organic and produced naturally by “mother earth”.
Yeah, I’ve been curious for a long time as to just how many dead dinosaurs there are? Anybody do a calculation to estimate just how many of these endangered species it would have taken to provide the amount of petroleum products we’ve taken out of the ground over the years? Massive die offs in certain areas? Or did someone just pile them up at central locations? :>} I’m thinkin’ abiotic oil is more likely. How else can abiotic oil be ‘splained?
Don’t ever forget “earth day” was created to celebrate the 100th birthday of Vladimir Lenin - one of obamatollah’s communist godfathers.
Back in earlier geologic periods when the earth was warmer and CO2 levels were higher, there were large warm shallow seas in the basins. These conditions combined with sunlight would generate huge algae growth. Some might say continuous algae blooms, followed by die offs. The algae would settle and be covered over cutting off oxygen. Then under time, temperature and pressure, oil is created.
So we produce oil/gas from these basins like the Permian Basin, the Williston Basin, or the Fort Worth Basin.
I'm not aware of any oil companies producing abiotic oil.
She sure created a lot of global warming with her rant.
Can’t we have both? A nearly inexhaustible supply of methane deep down plus biological activity? What do you think about deep-water wells miles offshore? Do you think the planet is growing (expanding)?
I think its more than the dinosaurs...plant life too.
But I’m with you. Oil is more or less consistent across the planet, as if it is all the same age, was formed under similar conditions, and formed over the same period of time...which I find odd.
And to my knowledge, we never get an impurity that hints of previous life. I.E. no splinters of petrified wood, pieces of fossilized bone, etc....which I find odd.
And we don’t find ‘half oil’, as in a substance somewhere between living plant and crude oil...even though we poke holes all over the planet, in search of oil....which I find odd.
And we find oil at great depths. There are 8,000 feet deep wells. I understand the plates crash into each other and form mountains and valleys, etc....but it sure is hard to imagine that a pocket of oil 2 miles down used to be on the surface.
So I think abiotic oil is possible.
Yes we do. Canadian Oil Sands don't actually contain oil, they contain bitumen. Since it is thermally immature it needs to be upgrade to syncrude, or can can be mixed (thinned) with naphtha or condensate to send to refinery.
Shale fields like the Green River formation don't actually contain oil either. The petroleum has to be cooked out of the rock (retorted) which release kerogen. Kerogen is made into a syncrude like bitumen.
More thermally mature fields have more natural gas, the fluids tend to lighter with less heavier oils.
And to further increase your knowledge, all oil contains biomarkers. Each oil from different fields is unique enough that a tanker at sea can be analyzed to tell where it came from.
Using Oil Biomarkers in Petroleum Exploration
You might also consider why oil/gas is only sourced from sedimentary basins and never from igneous rock.
How did that algae grow on Titan?
Titan does not have sufficient oxygen in it’s atmosphere.
Methane, ethane and like, depending on the ratio of carbon to hydrogen, is the lowest energy form of those two elements, when there is insufficient oxygen.
On earth, those elements eventually form CO2 and H20.
Just wondering how Titan can have oceans of hydrocarbons without algae and dinosaurs.
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