fact to note is that all fossil fuel, be it petroleum, coal or natural
gas, is hydrocarbons, and that in the burning of hydrocarbons we tie
free oxygen to the products of the combustion.
the above example, combustion of one molecule of propylbenzene (120
atomic mass units) ties 24 atoms of oxygen (having 16 atomic mass units
Thus a total of 24 x 16 = 384 atomic mass units of oxygen get tied up in the CO2 and H2O generated by the combustion.
|The ratio is:
||384 / 120 = 3.2
get that for every gallon of gasoline (6.7 pounds) combusted there’s
3.2 x 6.7 = 21.4 pounds of free oxygen eliminated from the air and
engaged in bondage with water and carbon dioxide
can break down the CO2 and water back to their elemental components and
release the captured oxygen to the atmosphere. HOWEVER, Nature never
equipped itself to free up the oxygen at the rate
that we are now tying it up.
can therefore conclude that before the rest of the world starts mass
driving of cars, building power plants and heating homes with gas it
would behoove its more advanced societies to strive hard in the quest
after non-hydrocarbon-based fuels.
the old way is leading into cul de sac, we see global efforts
accelerating to solve this fast-becoming acute problem of survival for
the inhabitants of Earth.