Peak Oil News: Abiotic Oil: Science or Politics?

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Abiotic Oil: Science or Politics?

From The Wilderness

The concept of "oil peak" is strictly linked to a view that sees oil as a finite resource. Several economists have never accepted this view, arguing that resource availability is determined by price and not by physical factors. Recently, others have been arguing a more extreme view: that oil is not even physically limited. According to some versions of the abiotic oil theory, oil is continuously created in the Earth's mantle in such amounts that the very concept of "depletion" is to be abandoned and, by consequence, that there will never be an "oil peak."

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.


At 10:35 PM, October 05, 2004, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Biotic oil formation is being effected by the presence of large dams trapping sediments on the rivers, preventing sediments and plankton growth in the river deltas. The abiotic theory is likely the ideation of those who have an interest in perpetuating oil dependency until the last drop. Religious and political "Zionists" like GW Bush add religious fuel to the fire of imperialist militarism oil colonialism. Science is by nature holistic and includes all variables..


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