Yes, it does matter where it came from. In the case of biofuels, the
carbon all came out of the atmosphere, so you are not adding any more.
In the case of fossil fuels, all the carbon came out of the ground, and
you are dumping it into the atmosphere, causing a carbon buildup.
It doesn't matter whether you burn corn or not, all the carbon will end
up back in the atmosphere unless you protect it from decay. If you want
to sequester carbon, you have to put it back into the ground. That's
why those landfills full of disposable diapers have their up side.
Here are some of the points of circumstantial evidence for that theory:
1) Oil was found on Mars
2) Oil was found in Sweden at the rim of a meteorite crater that punctured
the earth's crust millions of years ago. There were none of the porous
coral-reef ocean-sediment formations that normally hold oil were found, and
are postulated to be where oil must be formed by ancient lifeforms.
3) The Earth's core contains a large amount of silicon carbide, as well as
radioactive elements. In theory, hydrocarbons should be a bi-product of the
radioactive decay process, and being very light, should rise towards the
surface, where it would be trapped by porous reservoirs and sealed in by
When I heard this idea about 20 years ago,k it was a very fringe idea. Since
then, it has gained credibility, not faded away. That's not the normal
course for "hokum"
Harvard Magazine doesn't seem to agree with you:
If you'd bothered to read any of this, the word "hokum" would only occur to
a mindless idiot.
Well, a lab experiment which shows one can possibly generate small
amounts of methane is, as is noted in the article, a long way from being
anything at all conclusive about the origins of large reservoirs of
All I have seen so far I would say is hokum wrt to being the origin of
the known large commercially viable reserves.
As much proof as you that they are...
As I replied to JoeSixPack on the subject when he complained that
"fringe science" led to new discoveries--"Maybe, but I don't believe
this one is going to be one. We can just hide and watch"
I expect this to not be shown to be.
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