Tour didn’t shout. He didn’t call anyone an “idiot.” He never called Cronin a “bad chemist.” And Tour’s scientific challenges were entirely reasonable.
Abiogenesis is the prebiotic process wherein life, such as a cell, arises from non-living materials such as simple organic compounds.
This is not a question of scale — even if the “chemist’s flask” were the entire Earth.
In the time of the early Earth, Airgas, the supplier from which the researchers obtained their materials, was not around.
“The analogy that comes to mind is a golfer, who having played a ball through an 18-hole course, assumed the ball could also play the course in his absence.”