Oil. Some of the everyday uses are obvious. We use oil as fuel for heating and transportation, we make plastics and textiles from oil, and many common medications such as A.S.A. are also made from petroleum. The dependency on oil by modern society is likely understood only to a small degree by many of us. Sure, we all "think" we know how dependent we are on the black gold, but most of us likely underestimate it.
misunderstanding about oil, as it turns out, seems to be its origin.
For the past 250 years or so, we have all believed the abiogenic theory
that oil is produced by dead organic matter. However, a new theory as
to the origin of oil has surfaced called the abiogenic theory. The
theory's adherents believe that oil originated as carbon monoxide
and hydrogen gas rising through the deep layers of the Earth's crust. If
this mixture was lucky enough to find zirconium-containing minerals, it
could react and produce petroleum hydrocarbons, meaning that the earth
naturally, and continuously, produces oil. In fact, it would seem that
three Swedish researchers have proven not only that oil is produced abiogenically, but that the whole idea of it being a fossil fuel is false.
wait, like so many other issues of great significance, not everyone
agrees with this newly formed theory. One of the so called facts that
are supposed to prove the abiogenic theory is that previously capped
"dry" oil wells have been reopened due to regeneration...but not so
fast. Apparantly, most of these wells were capped when oil extraction
percentages were somewhere around 35%. Newer technology and pumping
techniques now allow for 65% extraction or more...thus explaining the so
Ridiculing new science and
theories is not a new phenomenom...after all, the world was once
considered to be flat, and the poor schmo that had the audacity to
suggest otherwise was utterly ridiculed by the scientific community of
that time. So, could it be true that the earth is naturally generating
crude oil with inexhaustible sources? Sure, why not! But does that
One thing that history has shown us over
and over again, is that the mishandling of crude oil has detrimental
effects on our environment. We all remember the Exxon Valdez spill of
1989, when 11 million gallons of crude were spilled into the Prince
William Sound. It’s estimated 250,000 seabirds, 2,800 sea otters, 300
250 bald eagles, up to 22 killer whales died along with billions of
salmon and herring eggs. As bad as that sounds, it ranks a mere 36th on
the list of the worlds worst oil spills, with the worst unintentional
spill being the gulf spill in 2010, which released 206 million gallons
of crude into the Gulf of Mexico. The burning of petroleum products has
been scientifically linked to acid
rain, global warming, the production of carcinogenic byproducts, and
many more environmental and health issues. Need we explore more?
let's go back and consider for a moment that the earth is indeed round,
and that oil is produced naturally and constantly. The biggest
question should be how fast is oil produced? Oil demand is in constant
growth in today's society. The need for cheap energy is directly linked
to economic growth. Let's keep in mind that our monetary system
depends on constant growth to avoid collapse. The problem is, the more
we grow, the greater our need for energy grows, leading to an infinite
curve. The more we grow, the greater rate of energy growth we need to
sustain that growth. Even if the earth is producing oil naturally, it
stands to reason that the rate of production is finite, meaning that it
can only produce a certain amount in a given time, regardless of how
much we need.
Many proponents of abiogenic oil will
argue that the whole peak oil idea is now moot. Of course, nothing
could be further from the truth. If indeed the earth is producing oil
at a rate that could survive any growth curve, why then, given the age
of the earth, is it not 70% covered in oil instead of water? Also, even
if the earth is replenishing oil wells, why must we cap them and wait
for more oil to flow into the well? The answer to this is easy...we are
using it up faster that the earth can replenish it. Wow, look at that,
peak oil rears it's ugly head again, just with a slightly different
If indeed oil is produced naturally and
constantly, this process has a finite rate, which means that constant
economic growth, which is directly related to cheap energy, cannot be
maintained. So much for the end of peak oil!
I have been asked to post a casting call by Proper Television, a production company based in Toronto.
They are looking to film a show in the spring where 2 survival enthusiasts are placed in environmentally challenging locations, with supplies and survival gear in tow. They will be expected to work together to find their own food, shelter and ultimately prove their survival skills.
Here is their casting call blurb as it was sent to me...