published Saturday, July 17th, 2010

Plug the Hole

about Clay Bennett...

The son of a career army officer, Bennett led a nomadic life, attending ten different schools before graduating in 1980 from the University of North Alabama with degrees in Art and History. After brief stints as a staff artist at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Fayetteville (NC) Times, he went on to serve as the editorial cartoonist for the St. Petersburg Times (1981-1994) and The Christian Science Monitor (1997-2007), before joining the staff of the ...

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MountainJoe said...

Nobody wants to continue deepwater drilling ... BP included.

Open more shallow water and land (ANWR) to drilling and deepwater drilling would be unnecessary. Simple, easy, way too logical for politicians to comprehend.

Yet another non-sequitur from our "favorite" editorial cartoonist.

July 17, 2010 at 12:03 a.m.
Tax_Payer said...

Now that they know how to fix it, why not?

July 17, 2010 at 12:10 a.m.
notgriscom said...

Other than the sign, this could be Clay or his buddy Little Tommy Griscom - great depiction of what goes on in their heads.

July 17, 2010 at 12:55 a.m.
Clara said...

Who is Little Tommy Griscom? I'm not into TN politics.

There are other people, "little" people who work not only for BP but for the many other drilling enterprises going on in the world. Even the workers for BP didn't lose by helping in the cleanup.

Self-interest at any level will out! And then, I think there are the stockholders.

Tax_Payer, Apparantly, no one is really sure that it is fixed.

July 17, 2010 at 4:46 a.m.
EaTn said...

Deepwater drilling, converting prime food producing farmland into ethanol feedstock land, mountaintop coal mining, steam plant ash disposal, nuclear waste storage- all these are threads woven into our essential but often short sighted energy needs. How long are we going to continue to let politics and special interests dictate our energy policies? Is "drill baby drill" going to be the theme of the short-sighted until we've irreversibly destroyed our environment?

July 17, 2010 at 5:55 a.m.
kbp said...

Dewayne Callahan,

It's cloudy today where I live. I guess we'll have to use fossil fuels to provide the energy needed by 100% of those served through the electric company.

Good thing we have a complete power system for backup on cloudy days.

Maybe we need to fund building THREE power systems: 1. Our 'sunny day' system; 2. Our 'windy day' system; and 3. Our cloudy, windless day system.

Don't worry about the costs involved. Pushing oil drilling out to deep water was an acceptable cost to keep those ugly wells away from or shoreline.

July 17, 2010 at 10 a.m.
eeeeeek said...

More please

July 17, 2010 at 10:05 a.m.
SeaSmokie59er said...

All I hear is that Obama is that increasing the debt for our kids and grandkids. What about the natural resources for our kids and grandkids, what about alternative fuel sources for our kids and grandkids? I can't believe that we can be so short-sighted.

July 17, 2010 at 10:52 a.m.
Sailorman said...


"I can't believe that we can be so short-sighted."

You're obviously not a politician

July 17, 2010 at 10:57 a.m.
temp_employee said...

One bad accident from this deepwater drilling and the cry goes out to shut it down. Why we are still allowed to drive? People die daily from accidents involving cars, trucks, vans, and motorcycles. In 2009, 93 people were killed daily on our roads. There is no nationwide call to stop people from driving. The exhaust from our vehicles pollute the atmosphere at an alarming rate, choking our planet, yet we are still allowed to drive. One failure of one valve and people want to shut down the whole sha-bang. I do not understand.

July 17, 2010 at 6:19 p.m.
moonpie said...

The fact that we are even discussing this is significant.

Really, with all the current know how, we should have a perpetual motion machine.

Well, ok, that's fantasy.

The truth is if there were an easy or cheap alternative to oil we would have it.

I'm not versed in solar technology, but I know folks in the industry and they say wattage isn't likely to rise soon, nor are costs coming down.

Nuclear.... "not in my backyard"....

So.... We wait.... And in the meantime we need oil. We have to choose our poison, near shore or off shore. Both have consequences.

July 17, 2010 at 9:55 p.m.
alprova said...

temp_employee wrote: "One failure of one valve and people want to shut down the whole sha-bang. I do not understand."

I think that the argument is rather, that drilling rigs and associated pipelines should be located where they are a bit more accessible. Instead of them being a mile or more under water, they should be much closer to shore and in far more shallow water.

As this entire nation has witnessed, piping and valves that are located in mile-deep water, presents an immense challenge if something goes wrong.

And as we have all witnessed, there should never be any shortcuts taken when drilling in deep water. The risks are simply too great.

Frankly, I'm appalled and a bit put off by those people in the Louisiana area, who are on one hand bemoaning the fact that the spill has occurred and that it has devastated their lives, but on the other hand, are jumping up and down at the thought of pausing all operations in deep water, until the safety of those rigs can be confirmed so that there is not a any immediate danger of repeating such a tragedy.

Its' pretty much stomping on the 11 bodies of those who died when the Deep Water Horizon exploded on April 19, 2010.

July 18, 2010 at 12:17 a.m.
softnotes37 said...

Plug The Hole is a very good cartoon!

July 18, 2010 at 11:31 a.m.
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