10 September 2009

Non-Fossil Fossil Fuels??

On CCNet Benny Peiser highlights a recent paper in Nature Geoscience that will be sure to get the Peak Oil crowd worked up. A press release describes the paper as follows:
Researchers at KTH have been able to prove that the fossils of animals and plants are not necessary to generate raw oil and natural gas. This result is extremely radical as it means that it will be much easier to find these energy sources and that they may be located all over the world.

"With the help of our research we even know where oil could be found in Sweden!" says Vladimir Kutcherov, Professor at the KTH Department of Energy Technology in Stockholm.

Together with two research colleagues, Professor Kutcherov has simulated the process of pressure and heat that occurs naturally in the inner strata of the earth's crust. This process generates hydrocarbons, the primary elements of oil and natural gas.

According to Vladimir Kutcherov, these results are a clear indication that oil supplies are not drying up, which has long been feared by researchers and experts in the field.
Of course, the ultimate arbiter of the paper's argument will be the market and actual hydrocarbon supply.