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Oil the Status Quo

© Matt Bors

When will the “Drill Baby, Drill” crowd wake up and realize that even if we open for drilling up every last potential source for oil, we will still eventually run out of oil? And meanwhile, destroy our environment, our health, and keep having to fight wars to keep the oil flowing. We have the knowledge and resources to find alternatives to oil, let’s get going!



  1. ThatGuy wrote:

    The guy on the left has Bachmann eyes.

    Friday, September 2, 2011 at 1:32 am | Permalink
  2. TENTHIRTYTWO wrote:

    Harpoon Baby, Harpoon!

    Friday, September 2, 2011 at 5:01 am | Permalink
  3. Dan wrote:

    Saw an interesting program on PBS. A government commission recommend renewables in the mid 1950’s, saw an electric Corvair. But large scale renewables won’t happen until we have a Constitutional Amendment changing the way elections are funded.

    Friday, September 2, 2011 at 8:17 am | Permalink
  4. fatmike wrote:

    Funny cartoon and good commentary. Unfortunately it’s being made from a rational point of view. Most in the “Drill Baby Drill” crowd operate under the irrational belief that oil is a finite resource. This probably has something to do with their incorrect belief that god wouldn’t give them something that wouldn’t last forever.

    Friday, September 2, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Permalink
  5. Michael wrote:

    @Fatmike, you hit the nail on the head. My wife’s got a couple of cousins who are global warming denialists. They vehemently argue that we do not need to worry about the environment because God’s Creation is perfect, and He would never let humans destroy it.

    Friday, September 2, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Permalink
  6. starluna wrote:

    Mike – I’ve heard a few folks make that argument too. Most recently, Rep. Shimkus ( This idea conveniently forgets that the Christian God seems to have no qualms about destroying most of the human species. It occurred at least once according to the Christian bible, if I’m not mistaken.

    Friday, September 2, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Permalink
  7. effisland wrote:

    God can destroy the environment fine for himself, all that needs to happen is some major volcano eruptions or a meteor crashing into the earth and we would all be wiped out (you can call that “God’s will”, but cosmic karma is probably more like it). Still, that’s no excuse for crapping in our own bed. Seems to me there’s something in the bible about respecting the earth but I could be wrong.

    Friday, September 2, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Permalink
  8. Michael wrote:

    Starluna, there is a subtle distinction. God can destroy the planet and humanity all He wants. But man cannot, either because of lack of ability or divine intervention.

    Friday, September 2, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Permalink
  9. TENTHIRTYTWO wrote:

    I figured I’d mention a couple of things that are barely relevant but that I love.

    One is Last Question by Asimov:

    The other is Robert Newman’s Apocalypso Now. He goes over some peak oil stuff in it, but the entire thing is just so ridiculously funny and interesting that it is amazing. I’d love to be able to have a drink with him one night and just talk.

    Friday, September 2, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Permalink
  10. starluna wrote:

    The argument, as I’ve heard it, assumes that because God will not allow the earth to be harmed, nothing will happen to humans either. Which is illogical and unsupported if the bible is used as the source of truth and knowledge.

    Friday, September 2, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Permalink
  11. rk wrote:

    I don’t think the oil companies have any illusions about the future availability of oil, and probably have a better understanding of it than anyone else. Its all about the money and maximizing whatever profits they can get.

    Saturday, September 3, 2011 at 9:00 am | Permalink
  12. David Freeman wrote:

    RK is right. There are big profits to be made in the oil endgame. Demand rising, supply falling – what’s not to like.

    Saturday, September 3, 2011 at 9:23 am | Permalink
  13. No u wrote:

    I think the whole thing could be fairly simple. I’m gonna assume most major oil companies are investing in alternative energies, as RK said, they know what the future holds better then anyone. It takes one of these oil companies that are also a major gas station players, Exxon or Sunoco, to put natural gas pumps in their stations, one pump at each is all it takes to start. Then you need one company, Ford or Chevy, to create a car that runs of the gas. Government throws in some tax breaks for the companies willing to do this and a rebate or something for people who buy the cars and BOOM. Let competition take hold 😀

    I’m probably retarded 😀

    Saturday, September 3, 2011 at 9:52 am | Permalink
  14. ebdoug wrote:

    He said: ‘As long as the earth endures, seed time and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, will never cease.

    Read more:

    Of course, he is completely right. What is ommitted in this passage: man will not be able to tolerate the loss of land and the excess heat. Man will not be able to adapt. The earth will still be here with different critters or none for millions and billions of years.

    Saturday, September 3, 2011 at 10:17 am | Permalink
  15. bensetsfire wrote:

    I think it is hilarious that this John Shimkus is (atleast appears so) one of those Bible ‘literalists’, taking it as 100% truth, and then uses Carbon parts per million of the prehistoric dinosaur era as evidence for his belief that Climate Change isn’t a thing to be worried about.

    Saturday, September 3, 2011 at 11:15 am | Permalink