Dr. Anomaly Posted April 26, 2004 Report Share Posted April 26, 2004 Re: Longest Running Thread EVER He further claims that oil is not going to run out and there have been no real harm caused by DDT. The one major government report that was done on DDT, back before it was outlawed, a many-hundred-page thing, said conclusively there was no evidence for any harmful environmental effects, but the guy in charge of the agency at the time went ahead and put it on the "ban" list because he'd made a lot of political deals based on this upcoming report, and had promised various people the research would find DDT harmful. As for the oil thing...there's been a growing number of scientists over the last decade who don't believe oil's going to run out (not completely) because they are coming to believe the term "fossil fuels" is a misnomer in the case of oil. More evidence is accumulating that oil is being produced now through the actions of deep-crustal bacteria called "extremeophiles" who die in the too-cold temps and low pressures of the surface. Another point of questioning is this: "Many other bodies in the solar system have the exact same petrochemical signatures as our so-called 'fossil fuels'. Does anyone seriously believe there was ever a thriving dinosaur-and-fern-forests biosphere on Titan, or some of the other moons in the outer solar system?" I'm not saying which way I'm leaning on this (oil) one; even if it's true that oil isn't going to run out completely, I'd dearly love to see some real, funded work on alternatives, like worthwhile fuel cells and ways to efficiently store hydrogen for them. In that, at least, I have no doubt the environment would be better off if we stopped mass combustion of 'fossil fuels', regardless of those fuels' true origins. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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