Archive for September 11th, 2009

Scientists Claim Fossils Unnecessary for “Fossil Fuels”

By Jerry A. Kane

Peak Oil cult membership may wane now that scientists have proved fossil fuels can be created synthetically by replicating the high pressure, high temperature conditions found in the upper mantle of the earth’s crust. In other words, the fossils of animals and plants aren’t needed to produce oil and gas, which means oil and natural gas will be easier to find and may abound all over the world.

The three-member team (Vladimir Kutcherov, Anton Kolesnikov, Alexander Goncharov) of research scientists at the Lomonosov Moscow State Academy of Fine Chemical Technology and the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm have simulated the process of generating hydrocarbons, the primary elements of oil and natural gas. Gaseous hydrocarbons are produced naturally in the inner strata of the earth’s crust by pressure and heat.

Kutcherov says the research clearly indicates that oil supplies are not drying up, a persistent fear of experts and researchers in the field.

“There is no doubt that our research has shown that raw oil and natural gas occur without the inclusion of fossils. All types of rock formations can act as hosts for oil deposits,” Kutcherov claims.

The energy required to produce synthetic fuels is prohibitive, so the researchers have promoted their discovery as an aid to conventional drilling rather than for surface level production of synthetic fossil fuels. Drilling for oil and natural gas is an expensive process, and the scientists estimate their discovery will increase drilling accuracy from 20 – 70 percent, which will create a cost savings for both petroleum companies and consumers. 

According to Kutcherov, 61 percent of the world’s total energy consumption comes from raw oil and natural gas, a fact that makes his team’s findings extremely important.

Currently, the researchers are looking to refine the method that makes it easier to locate drilling points for oil and natural gas.  Their findings were published online July 26 and appear in the scientific journal Nature Geoscience 2 566 – 570 (2009).

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Senate Confirms Obama’s Pick for Regulatory ‘Czar


The Senate voted Thursday to confirm Harvard professor Cass Sunstein as the administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the Office of Budget and Management.

The Senate on Wednesday voted to confirm President Obama’s nominee for “regulatory czar,” overcoming months of delay due to Republican concerns that he would push a radical animal rights agenda.

Senators voted 57-40 to approve Harvard professor Cass Sunstein as the administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the Office of Budget and Management.

As regulatory czar, Sunstein will review and provide guidance for draft federal regulations at different federal agencies. It is a wide-ranging and largely unrestrained position in the executive branch.

That’s a large part of the reason Sunstein’s positions on animal rights have become worrisome to his critics. Despite his assurances to the contrary, Sunstein has spoken stridently in favor of allowing people the right to bring suit on behalf of animals in animal cruelty cases and to restrict what he calls the more horrific practices associated with industrial breeding and processing of animals for food.

Republican Sens. John Cornyn of Texas and Saxby Chambliss of Georgia had placed a “hold” on his nomination to prevent a vote from coming to the floor. Chambliss lifted his hold in July because he said Sunstein had convinced him that he wouldn’t impose new restrictions on agriculture or hunting.


 The Republican Sell Outs

Never forget “Republican” Senators John Cornyn of Texas and Saxby Chambliss of Georgia who left this radical genie out of the bottle, and Bob Bennett (R-UT), Susan Collins (R-ME), Orin Hatch (R-UT), Richard Lugar (R-IN), Olympia Snowe (R-ME), and George Voinovich (R-OH) for supporting the radicalism he’s about to loose on our nation.

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