Tuesday, September 15, 2009

‘Revolutionary’ research suggests world will never run out of oil

To the best of our knowledge, crude oil comes from dead plants and animals compressed in the Earth’s crust for millions of years. “Fossil fuel,” right? That means that when we run out, we’re pretty much out. But a new Swedish study suggests “fossilized plants and animals are not needed to create hydrocarbons.” (Digital Journal) Instead, non-biological stuff in the Earth’s crust can end up as petroleum.

The theory still needs to be proven, but if they’re right, then A) it’s going to be easier to find new petrol reserves and B) the price of fossil fuels is going to go down. And as it turns out, both A and B are pretty bad news for the environment.

What do you think, is it better to have an empty gas tank in heaven? Or a full tank in hell?

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