Where does oil really come from?
This is the title of a piece from a ‘professor’ who has become the face of the anti-climate change movement cemented in right-wing philosophy. Howard Hayden supposes that oil’s origin is a mystery. He asks,
“Oil, however, is not so easily understood. How, one may ask, can coal arise in one place and petroleum in another? It is all too easy to say, without providing specifics.”
He goes on to say,
“It remains, however, only an article of faith that oil and natural gas are biological in origin; scientific proof is absent. Recently, information from the Gulf of Mexico has caused geologists to rethink the origins of these so-called “fossil fuels.” “
Why? Why is he saying this? Why does he deny the biological origin of oil? What’s his motive, his agenda?
Could it be that the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow, on which he sits, received more than half of $1 million in funding by ExxonMobil?
By the way, Professor Hayden is a physicist, not a biologist, geologist or chemist. One of his quotes which seems mindless is this: “A warmer world is a better world. Look at weather-related death rates in winter and in summer, and the case is overwhelming that warmer is better.”
Nonetheless, right-wing pundits widely quote Hayden and his ‘expertise.’ Hayden is an ‘expert’ for The Heartland Institute. This institute is a Chicago based think tank “promoting public policy based on individual liberty, limited government, and free markets.” Limited government naturally means no regulations.
According to Source Watch, ‘As a part of its 2013 agenda, ALEC partnered with the Heartland Institute to roll back the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), state-level legislation that requires utility companies to produce a certain amount of their total energy from renewable sources.’ ALEC, according to their website, “works to advance the fundamental principles of free-market enterprise, limited government, and federalism at the state level through a nonpartisan public-private partnership of America’s state legislators, members of the private sector and the general public”