Is oil abiotic?

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I've been hearing a lot lately that oil is a renewable resource and that it is abiotic, not a fossil fuel. I don't pretend to be a scholar, but please don't just say it is conservative double speak. Just looking for more scientific answers I guess. This way at the water cooler I don't sound like a complete fool. Thanks

hellbent's picture
Jul. 31, 2007 4:01 pm


If oil is anaerobic, we should probably ask the planet to hasten production and ask the questIon, why does it release carbon like any other previous life form when it is burned. Is it liquified rock?

The life carbon cycle and the geological carbon cycle. An easy to understand explanation and the differences between the two:

Oil as rock vs. oil as liquid petroleum

Oil shale, also known as kerogen shale, is an organic-rich fine-grained sedimentary rock containing kerogen (a solid mixture of organic chemical compounds) from which liquid hydrocarbons called shale oil (not to be confused with tight oilcrude oil occurring naturally in shales) can be produced. Shale oil is a substitute for conventional crude oil; however, extracting shale oil from oil shale is more costly than the production of conventional crude oil both financially and in terms of its environmental impact

Oil as rock contains organic chemical compounds.

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Jul. 31, 2007 4:01 pm

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