A recent ABC report detailing the discovery of enormous volumes of hydrocarbons on Saturn’s moon, Titan, was accompanied with the comment that this may teach us more about our own planet’s oil reserves
One wonders whether the journalists writing this article were actually aware of what they were writing, for the Saturnine moon, 1.2 billion kilometres from the sun, where a warm day is -179 degrees Celsius, awash with oil, would cause some of us to ponder about the origin of hydrocarbons, especially when the prevailing belief is that hydrocarbons are assumed to be derived from buried biomass on earth.
To put Titan into perspective, it has a mass of 0.0075 that of earth, which makes it small indeed but then “has hundreds of times more liquid hydrocarbons than all the known oil and natural gas reserves on Earth, scientists report”. A satellite smaller than earth with no observed life, has more oil than earth? And it’s also a gigantic factory of organic chemicals?
Does this mean that there are carbon-based life-forms on Titan? Surely not, so how on earth are these hydrocarbons being formed. In fact the researchers are concentrating their work on how life evolved from these “organic” compounds, implying that the “oil” produced life, not the other way round.
Experimentally we now know that hydrocarbons are the high pressure polymorphs of the H-C system and according to the second law of thermodynamics impossible to be derived from biomass.
Considering these basic facts one is left with the conclusion that life is an epiphenomenon of oil. And if that is the case then Peak Oil theory is as much a crock as anthropogenic global warming, such theories being nothing more than pseudoscience.
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