Climate Best BP Oil Disaster cartoon so far? by Joe Romm May 30, 2010 8:17am Share 0 Tweet 0 Comment From the masters at the New Yorker: That BP oil spill cartoon really works at many levels. See also “Luckovich cartoon: Wasting away in Petroville.” Share 0 Tweet 0 Comment 22 Responses to Best BP Oil Disaster cartoon so far? DreamQuestor says: May 30, 2010 at 10:52 am No offense, Joe, but has anyone ever told you that you have a terrible sense of humor? I have only found one of the dozens of cartoons that you have posted amusing. You have many gifts, sir, but comedy is not one of them. :) Other than that, your coverage of the destruction of the Gulf has been first-rate. I’m not sure if anyone has brought it to your attention yet, but Slate magazine has an interesting piece on how to punish BP. http://www.slate.com/id/2255170/ Have a Happy Memorial Day! [JR: It’s killing me: What is that one amusing cartoon?] Leland Palmer says: May 30, 2010 at 11:20 am Maybe I have a terrible sense of humor, too, but I generally find the cartoons amusing. Not this one, though. Thanks for everything you do, Joe. Happy Memorial Day. :) Brewster says: May 30, 2010 at 11:29 am I enjoyed it. Maybe I’m into gallows humour. Rob Hamilton says: May 30, 2010 at 11:30 am Don’t listen to ’em, Joe: it’s a great cartoon, pointing out as it does how greed can overcome common sense even in the most desperate and inappropriate of situations, and doing it with the grace and felicity of line that the New Yorker is justifiably famous for. Cartoons don’t have to be ha-ha funny to be great: they just need to be great. Please keep posting them: they’re a welcome “mood elevator” in the midst of all the serious science/news topics you cover. Bruce Wilson says: May 30, 2010 at 11:32 am This would be a great cartoon to send to Arthur Robinson, who is running on the GOP ticket for a congressional seat in Oregon’s 4th district. In a 2004 column in his “Access to Energy” newsletter Robinson proposed dumping crude oil waste and low level nuclear waste at sea. http://trueslant.com/charlesjohnson/2010/05/24/gop-candidate-arthur-robinson-dump-oil-and-nuclear-waste-at-sea/ Robinson has also suggested environmentalists have an evil, genocidal depopulation scheme to kill off hundreds of millions of the Earth’s poor and maintains that DDT is the greatest thing since sliced bread. paulm says: May 30, 2010 at 11:34 am No offense, DreamQuestor, but you seem have a terrible sense of humor. Lew Johns says: May 30, 2010 at 11:34 am It’s called Gallows Humor and right now it’s all we’ve got, Eh? It really does work at many levels. We Americans are Rich and we all certainly have our hands in the dirty mess. Out, out, Damned Spot! As with the Queen though, the Ick won’t come off…. mike roddy says: May 30, 2010 at 11:38 am Don’t listen to him, Joe. This cartoon is funny as hell. richard pauli says: May 30, 2010 at 11:42 am It’s all gallows humor. My favorite is from Robert Mankoff .. you can find it in the New Yorker Cartoon bank; http://bit.ly/blgSOh It reads: “And so, while the end-of-the-world scenario will be rife with unimaginable horrors, we believe that the pre-end period will be filled with unprecedented opportunities for profit.” (CEO gives a speech at a board meeting.) richard pauli says: May 30, 2010 at 11:58 am More precisely http://bit.ly/aMLmOB prokaryote says: May 30, 2010 at 1:57 pm http://i.imgur.com/yO6jm.jpg Ryan T says: May 30, 2010 at 2:31 pm This one’s not too bad: http://www.salon.com/entertainment/comics/this_modern_world/2010/05/25/this_modern_world/story.jpg GFW says: May 30, 2010 at 2:41 pm I’m with Rob and the rest of the gallows gang. The ones Richard and Ryan linked are spot-on too. Susan Kraemer says: May 30, 2010 at 6:28 pm I found a funny one for this story: http://cleantechnica.com/2010/05/26/republicans-having-second-thoughts-about-dirty-energy/ catman306 says: May 30, 2010 at 9:00 pm The gentleman in the cartoon is suffering from the Black Midas Syndrome. But so, too, is our modern civilization that equates resource extraction with wealth. Loss for the many profits the few. paulm says: May 30, 2010 at 9:01 pm No offense, DreamQuestor, but you seem have a terrible Understanding of humor? Peter Sinclair says: May 30, 2010 at 10:20 pm it’s funny. Ross Hunter says: May 30, 2010 at 10:35 pm yep. It’s funny. And worth reposting to facebook, which I just did. There’s an old Chinese story about the man who walked past the guards and picked up some precious gold object on display and started to walk away with it. Arrested, he realized and explained that he hadn’t seen the guards, or thought about the ownership; all he could see was the gold. It’s very profound, and deals with attachment, which drives out wisdom, which is always present in every situation if WE are present in that situation. The story of the West could be the story of that thief. Donna Barstow says: May 31, 2010 at 2:29 am Not funny. But that’s true of the New Yorker most weeks now. Have you thought about trying editorial cartoons? http://opedcartoons.com/2010/05/19/bp-oil-when-everyone-knows-your-name-but-nobody-likes-you/ Turboblocke says: May 31, 2010 at 6:28 am Scientists have invented a car that runs on water… Unfortunately, it’s only water from the Gulf of Mexico. DreamQuestor says: May 31, 2010 at 8:37 am I can appreciate gallows humor as much as anyone, but effective humor parodies or mocks its target without hitting the audience over the head with an anvil. Mr. Romm does have a gift for sarcasm (though I suspect that is a survival trait for a scientist), but he also has an unfortunate penchant for cartoons that preach. As any comedian can tell you, a joke isn’t funny if you have to explain it. I did enjoy this one: http://climateprogress.org/2010/04/14/shareholders-call-on-massey-energy-to-fire-don-blankenship/ [JR: Hmm. While one’s taste in humor is obviously very individual, I don’t see how the cartoon I highlighted here can be described as one that preaches.] fj2 says: June 1, 2010 at 6:10 am “Oil! We’re rich!” is one refrain. Another is “We build cars! We’re rich!” for economies rapidly self-destructing and the global environment at the same time.