Scientists announce breakthrough. The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory press release is entitled "Algae to crude oil: Million-year natural process takes minutes in the lab."
Scientist Douglas Elliot says, "In a sense, we are duplicating the process in the Earth that converted algae into oil over the course of millions of years. We're just doing it much, much faster." The process involves heating up the algae mixture to 662 degrees Fahrenheit while it is exposed to 3,000 pound per square inch of pressure.
Young earth creationists will disagree with the "million-year" claim while advancing the idea that a similar process is responsible for the earth's "fossil fuels."
In 2008 Science Magazine (requires subscription) published research backing the abiotic theory about the origin of hydrocarbon-based fuels.
WND summarized the study and theory, "The abiotic theory argues, in contrast, that hydrocarbons are naturally produced on a continual basis throughout the solar system, including within the mantle of the earth. The advocates believe the oil seeps up through bedrock cracks to deposit in sedimentary rock. Traditional petro-geologists, they say, have confused the rock as the originator rather than the depository of the hydrocarbons."
Researchers at Answers in Genesis report, " ... it has been demonstrated in the laboratory that moderate heating of the brown coals of the Gippsland Basin of Victoria, Australia, to simulate their rapid deeper burial, will generate crude oil and natural gas similar to that found in reservoir rocks offshore in only 2–5 days."
Hat tip: Breitbart