Main Question or Discussion Point
Fossil fuels was created by nature. Dose that mean as we speak the processes continues and fossil fuel is continually being made if not why?
The chemistry is quite simple. For the best fossil fuel (methane), it looks like this:I always wondered what is the connection between the amount of fossil fuels and the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere. Could we say that for each C atom less in fossil fuels, there is one more in the atmosphere? Does anybody know the answer?
(I hope my assumption is wrong, otherwise CO2 concentrations would need houndreds of thousands years to recover).
I based my assumption on the conservation of atoms in chemical reactions. In the moment after burning the number of additional CO2 molecules in the atmosphere must be the same as the number of missing C molecules in the fossil fuel.The chemistry is quite simple. For the best fossil fuel (methane), it looks like this:
CH4 + 2 O2 -> 2 H2O + CO2 + Energy
So every molecule of methane burned yields one molecule of carbon dioxide. Propane, for another example, is C3H8 - so every molecule of propane, when burned, yields 3 molecules of carbon dioxide.
It is not equal. The petroleum reserves in the world are being used up. Why do you think the price of gasoline keeps going up??that process is very complicated and it needs alot of time to give us fossil fuel and we are already using that fossil fuel every millisecond in our life.
than how can the process of making the fuel and taking it equal!!!!