The Origin of Hydrocarbons

A Natural Replenishing Product of the earth!

by Robert L. Rohrer

Anyone who still thinks petroleum is a fossil fuel is either sadly misinformed, a politician, an OPEC member, or some media fool parroting what they think is correct!

Petroleum geologists are not talking about the creation of oil from dead megafauna anyway. The whole debate is between the agency of abiotic chemistry or biotic prokaryotic bacteria, a life form, converting methane to hydrocarbons!

In fact, “…this thick, flammable, yellow-to-black mixture of gaseous, liquid, and solid hydrocarbons occurs naturally beneath the earth’s surface, can be separated into fractions including natural gas, gasoline, naphtha, kerosene, fuel and lubricating oils, paraffin wax, and asphalt and is used as raw material for a wide variety of derivative products.”

The operative word is NATURALLY! This is not the remains of dead animals or compressed vegetation. That is a fairy tale. There is a lot of oil, there is going to be a lot more, and it is time for us to get ours! Drill everywhere it is accessible through the earths crust!!

And it was never suggested the remains of animals would not be found in petroleum deposits. Years ago I worked at 5900 Wilshire Boulevard, across from the La Brea Tar Pits in LA, and in the museum there I saw the remains of animals that had gotten stuck in that tar. But saber tooth cats do not put a Tiger in your tank regardless of the old Esso promotion!

Did the oil sands of the world just get soaked in animal matter?

“… crude oil and natural petroleum gas have no intrinsic connection with biological matter originating near the surface of the Earth. They are primordial materials which have been erupted from great depths.”

Did animals get buried 30,000+++ feet below the surface? Does oil seeping out of fissures deep in the ocean come from rotting megafauna?

Yes, coal is compressed vegetation from vast forests that were swept into heaps by continental tidal waves; and in addition to the natural oil being created in our earth there were also vast exoterrestrial deposits.

Even meteoric dust amounts to a lot more than imagined but the exoterrestrial petroleum “rain” was megaquantum’s more, occurred rapidly in a geologic sense, and it saturated our planet.

It has always amazed, and amused me, to read academic scientists trying to explain something that could only have occurred catastrophically, with a uniformitarian explanation. Coal is a good example! They never ask how did all that coal get down there anyway, and veins with fossil trees embedded!

And how did that ice age happen “algore”?

And any who have not read Worlds in Collision and Earth in Upheaval have missed two of the greatest interdisciplinary texts ever written! Regarding a follow on text, Ages in Chaos,  Dr. Robert H. Pfeiffer, a Harvard University, famed Biblical Scholar, author of the standard Introduction to the Old Testament and curator of Semitic languages and the Semitic museum stated: “If Dr Velikovsky is right, this volume is the greatest contribution to the investigation of ancient times ever written”.

After studying many hundreds of texts, the more I learned, the more I realized Velikovsky, the polymath, was right!

The most interesting thing to me, and a learning experience too, was the fact that real petroleum geologists don’t even discuss the infantile concept of the earths petroleum being created by the compressed remains of megafauna.

The whole debate between biotic and abiotic is focused on the role of bacteria in the formation of petroleum! Abiotic says no life forms are necessary, and that the conversion from methane is a natural process as in the concept of abiogenesis versus a special creation. Biotic says yes, life forms are involved and refers specifically to prokaryotic bacteria mediating petroleum from methane. Any animal remains are just coincidental as they are in the La Brea tar pits!

Carl Sagan and Isaac Asimov both castigated Velikovsky for the suggestion that vermin populated the giant planets. By vermin, Velikovsky meant bacteria, not the flies and gnats the above two laughed at critically. The attached article correctly states “In the solar system…the greatest quantity of hydrocarbons is present in the massive outer planets and their satellites, with huge amounts of methane present in the extensive atmospheres of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune”. The vermin there would also have been the bacteria mediating the conversion of methane into petroleum in the giant planets!

I have studied Velikovsky for more than 30 years, and in 1977 I even traveled from CA to NJ to meet, and spend an afternoon with him before he died in 1979!

The attached white paper by Geoffrey P. Glasby was of great importance to me in my continued studies. However, the author does seem to present some misunderstanding in linking Thomas Gold’s abiotic concepts with Fred Hoyle. I have read Hoyle’s books, especially the ones he wrote with Chandra Wickramasinghe, and Hoyle was clearly suggested a biotic link!

I was reading Fred Hoyle back in the early 1990’s and this article ignited that interest all over again. Believe me, there is a lot more going on here than biotic or abiotic! And as Edward Teller said “No one knows” which is one more reason I am agnostic.

I have studied every word of the attached article, and it has again taught me that none of these petroleum geologists are talking about the creation of oil from dead megafauna. The whole debate is between the agency of chemistry — abiotic or biotic prokaryotic bacteria, a life form.

So we are back to: If the earth cooled from a molten state then one of the following had to be the source of life.

  1. Special Creation
  2. Abiogenesis
  3. Or from outer space

In fact, Gold does not seem to accept 2; and 3 brings us back to 1. It is not my intent to get off into metaphysics here, but this link will offer some further discussion!

There is no way to apply “Ockham’s razor” to any of these concepts. Abiogenic oil also takes us back to Velikovsky and the fact that the greatest quantity of hydrocarbons in the solar system are contained in the atmospheres of the giant planets and their satellites — which is now accepted were born of eruption. And with vermin identified as bacteria the “plot thickens” to a point that could never be covered here. But there is much much more…

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