On 17 November 2010, Senator Ferdinand R. ‘Bongbong Marcos Jr. filed Senate Bill 2593 proposing The Hydrogen Research, Promotion and Development Act of 2010. He cites no scientific sources for the information he provides to support his proposal.
Sadly, Mr Marcos appears not to have done his due diligence and consulted scientists in the appropriate fields of expertise. However, the deuterium claim has been associated with the Marcos family for decades so he may not have felt there was a need to actually check the science.
His claims are, simply, false.
Had his staff done their homework they would have known that those claims were firmly debunked by Roger Posadas, then Dean of the UP College of Science, as early as 1988.
The relevant passage in the bill states:
“Hydrogen is a highly flammable substance but with zero carbon emission. It is now used in Canada, America, Germany and Sweden to provide fuel for cars, trucks, jet planes, etc .. Hydrogen is being processed from deuterium which is heavy water or hydrogen water without oxygen. This is deuterium which is obtained from the deep trenches of the world and the world’s largest deposit of deuterium is in the Philippines. “
While hydrogen is being used as a fuel in various parts of the world, not a single molecule of it is being derived from deuterium. There is no reason to do so, it would be far too expensive. There are a number of methods for producing hydrogen, not one of which involves deuterium.
“Deuterium which is heavy water or hydrogen water without oxygen”, is a ‘huh?’ statement. It is the same as saying ‘hydrogen is water without oxygen or ‘oxygen is water without hydrogen’. Both true and meaningless.
It is simply false to claim that any deuterium at all is “obtained from the deep trenches of the world and the world’s largest deposit of deuterium is in the Philippines. ” There are no such deposits anywhere on the planet, and cannot be, so none are being exploited for the extraction of deuterium.
The sea’s water column chemistry changes little below 500 feet or so. In order to form a deposit, even if the deuterium did sink, the trench would have to be absolutely still with no water flow whatsoever, not even thermal circulation. That is not the case either in the Mindanao Trench or Benham Rise, which isn’t particularly deep.
Despite claims to the contrary, not a single energy company has shown the remotest interest in these fictional deuterium deposits. That is not a matter of technology to extract at that depth, if it was there the energy industry has shown the ability to overcome such technical challenges.
The depth at Benham rise is less than 100 metres, the Philippine Trench is 10 kilometres deep. The deepest oil well goes down 12 kilometres, so claiming deuterium cannot be extracted because of its depth is simply false.
His claims appear to be derived from a so-called Special Report by a former OFW recruiter, described as a pseudoscientific swindler, the late Cesar K. Escosa, whom we will examine as we look into the origins of the scam.
The Marcos bill passed first reading and was referred to several relevant house committes, where it died, possibly of embarrassment, never to raise its legislative head again.
Given the immense wealth of the Marcoses, it is a mystery why hee wanted the Philippine taxpayer to cough up for it rather than fund a private entity to benefit the country.