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Thu., May 20, 2010, 7:02 a.m.

The solution to the problem…

David Horsey,davidhorsey.,com,
David Horsey,davidhorsey.,com,

Good morning, Netizens...

In this morning's David Horsey cartoon, David Horsey asks the question regarding the Gulf Oil spill which has been asked by everyone from the President of the United States on down. How do we stop the flow of crude oil flowing into the Gulf?

We were promised by the oil corporations that oilfield development is a safe resource and every safety precaution possibly imaginable has been taken to prevent this sort of disaster from ever happening. As Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is prominently quoted as saying yesterday, “This is the heavy oil that everyone's been fearing that is here now,” and I fear he is right.

Plus there is every sign of deception on the part of British Petroleum and various other petroleum developers, for having apparently underestimated the amount of raw crude flowing from the hole in the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. Despite all their claims (and the counter-claims by members of the ecology political factions) no one may truly they know how many millions of gallons of noxious crude oil have already filtered into the ecologically-sensitive areas of Louisiana and other Gulf States. They can only estimate the volume, and that, perhaps, is most troubling of all the statistics being bandied about. Nobody can categorically state how much crude has flowed into the Gulf, nor when it will be capped off.

We have to stop the flow of crude. Then we have to clean up the ecological disaster in its wake. I believe David Horsey has found an amusing solution to the first; it may take generations before we have the second, and I fear that the infighting already taking place between the petroleum super-corporations may last at least as long.

With only a brief tip of my hat to Dante for borrowing heavily from the Inferno, we should put the heads of a dozen oilfield executives head-down in the hole they created. That other-worldly solution is probably as functional as the various other promises they have made to the general public. It probably wouldn't work as promised, but neither is anything else they're trying.


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