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By Ann Telnaes  |  May 3, 2010; 12:00 AM ET
Categories:  Energy , Environment  
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Isn't that Newt Gingrich or am I missing this audio-lingual message? That's right...I am still deaf that my hearing receptors are not functioning perfectly.

Posted by: mld4ds | May 7, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

We're approaching the limits of partisan absurdity to take a political stand on this catastrophic event. Surely there is something to learn from this event other than who is to blame for something that already happened, or which political party's agenda is at fault. We continue to confront an unsustainable energy system and we still need to find a better path. this is not a matter of conservatism, liberalism or any other self-serving political doctrine. And the cartoon is clever whether one disagrees with the premise or not.

Posted by: alika | May 4, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: rehillcj

"Um, aren't political cartoons supposed to be funny ? Maybe someone could explain what exactly Ann Telnaes' talent might be? I don't quite get her sense of humor."
Funny cartoons of war, among other dour political topics, were primarily drawn by Comic Cartoonists, like Bill Mauldin (Willie and Joe), Virgil Partch (VIP) and George Baker (“Sad Sack”) to give the troops a measure of entertainment.
Editorial Cartoonists often rely more on satire and sarcasm, to show the frailty of politicians and the damage, hardships, etc. wrought by leaders and events. Telanes is a National Treasure at that!

Posted by: lufrank1 | May 3, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

If liberals stopped burning as much carbon as they want everybody else to do we wouldn't have to drill baby drill as much.

Posted by: taxcutsin12 | May 3, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Well, this POS cartoon can probably be understood by the Hopetard, liberally impaired tools that actually think you have any talent.
So sad everything to make this worthless waste of electrons involved a petroleum based product, eh hopetard. The plastic keyboard, the plastic mouse, everything in your world is petroleum based bdooshbag. Of course, most people looking at your loser cartoons are on the grid...fired by coal. BWWAAHAHAhahahahahah

Posted by: 65apr | May 3, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Wow, way to score some political points with an ecological disaster. Hey, I'm sure the 9/11 widows and gulf coast Katrina survivors could use a good lampooning too. How bout it? Maybe your next cartoon could have a shaken baby?

Posted by: Bailers | May 3, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

When politician make statements, write policies and laws based on what they are told from those who would most benefit you get disasters like the BP oil rig. Maybe some day decisions will be made based on what is in the best interest of the public, nation, planet and the Universe!

Posted by: MyVoice3 | May 3, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

It would be nice if I could see the cartoon. Here it's just a blank screen. Or IS this the cartoon?

Posted by: dubhlaoich | May 3, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Um, aren't political cartoons supposed to be funny ? Maybe someone could explain what exactly Ann Telnaes' talent might be? I don't quite get her sense of humor.

Posted by: rehillcj | May 3, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

note palin advocating drilling on land in a waste land [ i have been there]-- bho advocates drilling in even deeper water

Posted by: oldhat | May 3, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

note palin advocating drilling on land in a waste land [ i have been there]-- bho advocates drilling in even deeper water

Posted by: oldhat | May 3, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Shouldn't she include ole Barrack Obama in this one? Wasn't he all drill, baby, drill just a couple of weeks ago. He called this disaster in the best Bush newspeak an "event." Obviously, BO has never read "White Noise"... this so-called event is going to be gushing for months.

Posted by: Daedulus | May 3, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Sister Sarah won't make a comment. She still thanks drill baby drill is the answer to everything. The republicans has run this country in the ground, with no regulations f big oil companies, giving Halliburton the opportunity to have their hands in every contract in the US. We all know that Halliburton and the Cheney's have been robbing this country blind. Taking money for contracts that were not met.Like the building of showers in Iraq, and our soldiers being executed. I wonder if Halliburton did what they were paid to do on the oil rigs in the gulf. We will find out. It's time the country find what the republicans have been doing for years. Palin's only statement on the Gulf oil disaster will be that it's OBAMA'S fault.

Posted by: carolynlebeaufyahoocom | May 3, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse


The amount of oil that is technologically recoverable is only about 1% or less of the whole reserve, because it is in very non-porous shale. The estimates, from the USGS, range from 3 to 4.3 billion barrels, not even one year's supply. 99% of that 503 billion barrels (which is that the top of the estimated total reserves) is not recoverable with current technology. It's not a solution, at least not at the current level of technology.

Posted by: luridone | May 3, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

indra 1888---

If my figures are wrong I stand corrected. But why not go for 72 years of onshore oil that is easier to obtain and does less to threaten the environment. Why isn't the US receiving any of that oil being produced in Alaska. That would be the first question posed to Palin who is being used to trash out the Tea Party after her disastrous attempt to represent the Republican Party, along with McCain in 2008 election. Why would they pay her $100,000 to speak at one of their rallies??? I wish these clowns like Limbaugh and Beck would stop sabotaging the Tea Baggers because they supported the criminal Bush regime who's ugly and corrupt leadership of this country forced many to split away from the Republican Party!!! I support the candidates who want to restore our Constitutional Rights and prevent foreign intervention.

Posted by: JONAHandtheFISH | May 3, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Thanks Ann, this is the "Three Mile Island" for offshore oil exploration! We are witnessing probably one of the greatest man-made environmental disasters in history. With said, we "still" must pursue oil exploration; what choice do we have in combination with alternative fuel development and conservation. Of course, the right-wingers will exploit this disaster, but wouldn't we all wish to reach down in thousands of feet of ocean and turn off the oil well!

Posted by: kemcb | May 3, 2010 8:21 AM | Report abuse

Ann likes to stick it to teabaggers...heh heh... that's awesome Ann, you are just waaaay too funny

Posted by: joebob2nd | May 3, 2010 7:43 AM | Report abuse

I haven't heard Mrs.Palin contribute to the Gulf of Mexico news in the last few days. I look forward to her comments. Any new offshore drilling anywhere in the world should hava a second relief well drilled at the same time.

Posted by: hamelinfish | May 3, 2010 7:03 AM | Report abuse

Ann, don't you EVER have anything to say except that you hate conservatives? What happened to trying to understand the situation?

Didn't Obama also recommend drilling on the East coast? Don't liberals drive cars? Don't they also turn up the AC?

We are all in this together and it is foolish to be as divisive and vindictive as you are. You are not doing a service - you are just pandering to liberal prejudices (just as Palin panders to conservative prejudices). We need to get away from prejudice to trying to understand our fellow citizens, and you are NOT helping!

Posted by: rohitcuny | May 3, 2010 6:37 AM | Report abuse

Whoops - follow up. Misquoted a number - we *import* 3+ billion barrels of oil a year. We actually consumer closer to 7 billion.

Posted by: indra1888 | May 3, 2010 1:01 AM | Report abuse


The information on the Bakken Range is a little out of date. In 2008 the US Geological Service revised the estimate for recoverable oil in the Bakken range *upwards* from earlier estimates of 151 million barrels to between 3-4 billion barrels, not anywhere near the 500 billion barrels that floats around in that particular urban legend (although, the legend itself is based on research that was taken quite seriously for a time). If you take into consideration that the US consumes a little over 3 billion barrels of oil a year, the Bakken Range is hardly a solution to our oil problem. And even if it *did* have 500 billion barrels of recoverable oil (which it doesn't), that would only give us about 72 years of supply - not anywhere near the 5000 you quote.

Posted by: indra1888 | May 3, 2010 12:51 AM | Report abuse

AT, I am disappointed! You should have drawn the bird doing a No. Two on both of these nincompoops. President Obama, rethink your plan for expanded offshore drilling!

Posted by: meldupree | May 3, 2010 12:02 AM | Report abuse

lufrank1---You are right it is a catastrophe of major proportions. I suspect sabotage of some kind could of been the cause for it.

The sad thing is we do not need to drill for offshore oil. The Bakken is an onshore oil reserve in Northern Montana and North and South Dakota that consists of 503 billion barrels sitting there waiting to be tapped into. That is enough oil to supply the US for over 2000 years. Would it not be more environmentally friendly to drill onshore than offshore? If Americans could only take notice of how mislead we have all become concerning many issues that affect each and every one of US!!!

Posted by: JONAHandtheFISH | May 2, 2010 11:58 PM | Report abuse

If the inexcusable BP/Halliburton spill weren't such a serious environmental catastrophe . . . I could laugh at this wishful cartoon.

Posted by: lufrank1 | May 2, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

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