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The Impracticality of Alternative Fuels

© Mike Thompson

Between wars in the middle east, pollution, and taxpayer subsidies to oil companies, I don’t think most people realize how much our addiction to petroleum actually costs us.



  1. Falkelord wrote:

    The good news is that everyone was accounted for and the rig was not engaged in deep-water drilling, or drilling at all for that matter. At least at the time of the fire. Which means that all valves are a) working and b) in tact. Meaning not another oil spill waiting to happen.

    This actually happened during my International Politics and Relations class at college, and our teacher was asking about current events. This popped up on my news-roll. I think this would have made a bigger impact if all 13 had been severely injured/killed because 2 explosions on two separate oil rigs in less than 6 months? That still wouldn’t send a message to the hard-headed conservatives but the easily-influenced would swiftly change sides on that issue. No one likes to keep killing people.

    Sunday, September 5, 2010 at 1:50 am | Permalink
  2. russell wrote:

    The Mariner Vermilion incident was a shallow-water production platform. The only reason you folks even heard about the Mariner platform was because the media is still frothy over the Deepwater Horizon disaster. DWH was a deepwater drilling rig. Very different animal, once-in-lifetime event (hopefully).

    Fires on platforms are not uncommon in the Gulf. MMS-cum-BOEM reports more than 100 platform fires in an average year.

    Carry on.

    Sunday, September 5, 2010 at 7:11 pm | Permalink
  3. Iron Knee wrote:

    Russell, your argument seems to only reinforce the point of this comic.

    Sunday, September 5, 2010 at 9:11 pm | Permalink
  4. russell wrote:


    Yeah, but the underlying *fact* is that petroleum is so dang useful it makes all that risk and expense worth it. I’m all for practical alternatives. Name one 🙂

    I am NOT defending BP by any means. You and I will probably differ in this, but IMO DWH would not have happened without the $75M liability cap congress imposed after Valdez.

    If you were an underwriter watching that well with $20B of skin in the game, that drilling op would have stopped long before a gas kick blew it out of the water.

    Monday, September 6, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Permalink