Drill Obama, Drill

Or How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love BIG OIL
posted May 11, 2010
THE TACOMIC - Drill Obama, Drill (BP, British Petroleum, Beyond Petroleum, Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, Disaster, Environmental Holocaust, Big Oil, offshore)
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As a dude who grew up under the black mushroom cloud of the Exxon Valdez oil spill in the State Capitol Juneau, Alaska and watched first hand as the oil giant weaseled its way out of costly cleanup duty (step dad just recently testified before congress on behalf of commercial fisherman) I expect more of the same from our friendly earth-killing/green-washing friends at British Petroleum.   Hey, Corporations are people too right? So why not get together and decorate their non-person face(s) with hatchet wounds? You can! How? By implementing governmental regulations that are REAL and ENFORCED.

Inspiration for this week's cartoon: here

by L.S.Erhardt on 5/11/2010 @ 3:58am
Walbert! Nooooo! Sammy! Octavian!
...izzat Doomafudge on the whale with Stowe?

This is even more tragic for my characters because (unlike Logjam or Stowe) this actually would be their native habitat.

The nature of this strip sucks, but RR you have outdone yourself on this one. Poor Octavian. What did he ever do to deserve this?
I just hope Drusilla got away, since I don't see her among the casualties.

by L.S.Erhardt on 5/11/2010 @ 4:26am
... I'll reserve my opinion of BP for a later date, as I can't exactly say it without using too many four letter words for a "family site".

by fredo on 5/11/2010 @ 6:50am
I like to print out your cartoons to post at the office but this one I'm afraid might burn out my printer. Nice work RR

by NineInchNachos on 5/11/2010 @ 7:58am
Think the small child exhausted on the whale is supposed to be Barrett. The Doomafudge crew was probably touring the rig on a class fieldtrip when the explosion hit. The tacomic was drawn just moments before that terrible tragedy.

Circle of life.

I'm still OK though.
The pile of money from the energy companies will help me deal with my pain and other folks loss.

by NineInchNachos on 5/11/2010 @ 8:10am
My eyes are still dollar signs though... maybe I can afford corrective surgery for that now.

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 5/11/2010 @ 10:26am
Where are the huge piles of stuffed animals so that the people the perished don't file law suits?

by ElectricElliot on 5/11/2010 @ 10:59am
So sad...really hits home.

by NineInchNachos on 5/11/2010 @ 11:10am
what is the absorption rating for stuffed animals? Maybe we can kill two birds with one slime-covered stone.

by Altered Chords on 5/11/2010 @ 11:17am
I feel like a smoker must feel. I'm trying to quit driving but it's just too damn hard.

by NineInchNachos on 5/11/2010 @ 11:24am
somewhere i saw a chart with 29 years left of earth oil at present consumption ?

by NineInchNachos on 5/11/2010 @ 12:08pm
really is nobody's fault...

BP, Transocean and Halliburton blame each other for Deepwater Horizon spill..Executives from three oil giants point fingers at one another under tough questioning from US senate committee

by Altered Chords on 5/11/2010 @ 12:28pm
We got hip to the limited supply in the 70's via these Tower of Power lyrics:

There's only so much oil on the ground
Sooner or later there won't be much around
Tell that to your kids while you driving downtown
That there's only so much oil on the ground

Can't cut loose without that juice
Can't cut loose without that juice
If we keep on like we doing things for sure
Will not be cool - It's a fact
We just ai't got suffiecient fuel

There's only so much oil in the ground
Sooner or later there won't be none around
Alternate sources of power must be found
Cause there's only so much oil in the ground

There's only so much oil in the earth
It's a fact of life - for what it's worth
Something every little boy and girl should know since birth
That there's only so much oil in the ground

There's no excuse for our abuse
No excuse for our abuse
We just assume that we will not
Exceed the oil supply
But soon enough the world will watch the wells run dry.

by Altered Chords on 5/11/2010 @ 12:34pm
So we've spent the past 40 years doing nothing but increasing our consumption.

Are we neanderthals?

by jenyum on 5/11/2010 @ 12:37pm
Well, no worries. I'm sure you're hard at work on a giant cartoon box, or a big cartoon pile of garbage you can shoot at it. Failing that, perhaps drop an anvil on it and light some tnt.

I'm going to take my e-reader to Starbucks, where I can drown my sorrows in delicious, frosty food science while I read about the latest in medieval oil leak technology.

by The Jinxmedic on 5/11/2010 @ 12:39pm
Homo Sapiens Neanderthalis was around a whole lot longer than Homo Sapiens Sapiens, so to answer your question, no- we are not Neanderthals - not yet by a long shot, as we have much emotional growing to do before have anywhere as near a possibility of similar longevity. If we go into space in a real way, it's possible. Otherwise, forget it. Write us off.

by Altered Chords on 5/11/2010 @ 12:56pm
Space journeys powered by something other than petroleum. What have you come up w/ jinx?

by NineInchNachos on 5/11/2010 @ 1:09pm
Hey I read recently that Humans and Neanderthal did some bump and grind in their lonely caves. Anyone may have as much as 5% Neanderthal in their DNA.

So, There is hope for the pinks!

by NineInchNachos on 5/11/2010 @ 1:15pm
NUKE it!

by The Jinxmedic on 5/11/2010 @ 1:52pm
I'm thinking Heinlein's Zinc Reaction-Mass drive....

...there's environmentally friendly for you - no petrochemicals involved whatsoever!

by L.S.Erhardt on 5/11/2010 @ 3:48pm
Project Orion. No petro fuels needed and according to the math, this pulse engine would be able to theoretically reach 0.08c to 0.1c with normal matter. That's a helluva lot faster than Voyager 1 which is the fastest thing made by man... but chugs along at a mere 0.0006c.

by jenyum on 5/11/2010 @ 4:17pm
Improbability Drive. A grey whale was spotted in the Mediterranean this week, so maybe they've already tried it.

by NineInchNachos on 5/11/2010 @ 4:52pm
I would not let BP or any of those corporations anywhere near an improbability drive.

by NineInchNachos on 5/12/2010 @ 9:22am
As Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Spreads, BP, Halliburton and Transocean Executives Deflect Blame for Spill at Senate Hearings

As thousands of gallons of oil continue to spew daily from a damaged well in the Gulf of Mexico, representatives from BP, Transocean and Halliburton were grilled by lawmakers in back-to-back hearings on Capitol Hill Tuesday. Industry executives from all three corporations began with prepared testimony that involved blaming each other for the explosion and deflecting responsibility for the unfolding environmental and economic disaster. We air excerpts and speak with marine biologist Rick Steiner. For the past week he has been working at the site of the oil spill and on the Louisiana coast, where he collected several samples of the oil washing up ashore.

by jenyum on 5/20/2010 @ 2:35pm
You can watch the spill on a live webcam now.

(There's an official gubmint link to it but the video only works in IE)

Kind of like watching the volcano in Iceland only way more depressing and crazy making.

by NineInchNachos on 5/20/2010 @ 2:37pm
like colbert says we're closer to having sea-water powered cars.

by NineInchNachos on 6/21/2010 @ 8:00am

How Much Oil Really Spilled From the Exxon Valdez?
June 18, 2010

As politicians and journalists try to make sense of the BP oil disaster, they frequently refer to the 11 million gallons spilled from the Exxon Valdez. Riki Ott, a marine toxicologist and author, explains that it's in fact a disputed figure the media have incorrectly adopted.

by fredo on 6/21/2010 @ 8:57am
People interested in the problems associated with peak oil may enjoy this DVD:

by NineInchNachos on 6/21/2010 @ 1:30pm
people interested in history/politics/current events may enjoy this blog post:


"BP is accused of destroying the wildlife and coastline of America, but if you look back into history you find that BP did something even worse to America.

They gave the world Ayatollah Khomeini."

by NineInchNachos on 6/28/2010 @ 4:48pm
if this doesn't leave you with that existential feeling I don't know what will.

some thing is very vvery wrrrrroooooong with us.

anyhow, thought it had an eerie similarity to this tacomic.

by Non Sequitur on 6/28/2010 @ 10:57pm
Every executive and boardmember of BP along with the president, VP, and every member of his administration and every congress critter with any connection to BP and offshore drilling needs to have a barrel or two of this oil poured down their throats. We need to include any and all previous administrations that helped lead to this included in the oil-down-the-gullet party.

There is a special place in hell reserved for these people.

by NineInchNachos on 7/7/2010 @ 10:02am

Obama admin bans press from filming BP oil spill areas in the Gulf

by NineInchNachos on 4/18/2012 @ 12:48pm
eat em up!

by The Jinxmedic on 4/18/2012 @ 12:50pm
Ah, yes. "The Tacomic that killed Daddy's Nut Shot of the Day" forever.

by NineInchNachos on 1/4/2013 @ 7:03pm

by JesseHillFan on 1/5/2013 @ 1:51pm
Doubling the gas mileage of cars in that article is a fail.It's like running a Marathon race (except everyone's life depends upon it) but only going 5 miles.I wonder if anyone here saw James Hansen on C-SPAN last week where he said that if climate and other environmental disasters get worse Detroit (meaning car production) might have to be forcibly shut down by the government by the year 2050.