Abiotic Oil and the Hollow Earth Theory

What exactly, is abiotic oil? Why is this concept so favored by the simple angry white hollow earther? Possibly because they both come from the center of the earth?

For information on the former, check out this excellent essay by Ugo Bardi, featured at Fromthewilderness.com. A child could understand it. In this essay, Bardi states:

“The debate has become highly politicized and has spilled over from geology journals to the mainstream press and to the fora and mailing lists on the internet. The proponents of the abiotic oil theory are often very aggressive in their arguments. Some of them go so far as to accuse those who claim that oil production is going to peak of pursuing a hidden political agenda designed to provide Bush with a convenient excuse for invading Iraq and the whole Middle East.

Normally, the discussion of abiotic oil oscillates between the scientifically arcane and the politically nasty. Even supposing that the political nastiness can be detected and removed, there remains the problem that the average non-specialist in petroleum geology can’t hope to wade through the arcane scientific details of the theory (isotopic ratios, biomarkers, sedimentary layers and all that) without getting lost.”

and then goes on to clearly explain the difference between geology and politics in a way even a zombie could grasp.

Okay, so you don’t believe in dinosaurs or rotting plants? Check out the bacteria on the bottom of the ocean theory. Brew it on the bottom of the ocean? Eh, why not. Don’t believe everything you read, okay, I can go with that. In the final analysis, it doesn’t matter where it comes from, because ultimately, like the buffalo, hollow earthers will use it up faster than it can possibly be produced and soon we’ll have oil derricks on nickels in memoriam on one side and a snapshot of some bacterium on the other.

As for the hollow earth theory, you all get to google for that one by yourselves. Leave no stone unturned. Maybe where they come from, they have pools of the stuff that just float up to the mantle by centrifugal force? In the meantime, the rules of organic chemistry still apply. Hydrocarbons is hydrocarbons. You keep running afoul of the IUPAC 1957 Rules on what constitutes heterocyclic systems and acyclic hydrocarbons, and poof, you’re going to nox yourself right out of the universe, no matter which earth you come from or where you get the goo.

Oh, and if you’re using the latest “swiftboat” best seller to make yourselves feel good about election day, you deserve to believe in all these theories. (I’ve been expecting that bomb to drop for several weeks). It just wouldn’t be the same near an election without this kind of drivel, in 2005 for example, it was Hammond’s analysis: Slavery, Terrorism and Islam: The Historical Roots and Contemporary Threat, which used statistics to show how bad its going to be when Islam takes over the world. (A more spurious use of this field of applied math I have never seen). To play on the fear and paranoia of the older set in this country is kind of sad, but it’s been going on as long as I can remember, and that’s a very long time. You can also count on many to look into the mirror of this sort of publishing and see their own faces. To put a face on fear is an accomplishment, after all, that certain people specialize in under the guise of serious “scientific” journalism. Any port in a storm, folks.

Myself, I’m heading back to Jurassic Park, or at least as far back as the Cretaceous. That’s at least biological material I can understand.

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