Offshore Disaster

The oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico blew almost at the same time as the announcement that the nation’s first offshore wind farm has been approved. The happy confluence of events like these is meat and potatoes for cartoonists. I couldn’t resist the comparison, especially when I started trying to imagine the worst consequence of a wind turbine exploding a few miles out in the ocean. Hint: it probably wouldn’t kill eleven people, and it certainly wouldn’t be an environmental disaster on the scale of tens of thousands of gallons of oil hitting the coast.

This bit of silliness is what I came up with.

21 thoughts on “Offshore Disaster”

  1. Remember when they started building the wind turbines all the fuss over the danger to the birds. It is always something.

  2. The Altamont wind farm in California is indeed a hazard to birds, but when it was built we did not understand that we needed to avoid bird migration routes. And more modern wind turbines use larger, slower moving blades that are more bird-friendly. Even the Audubon Society has endorsed the proposed offshore wind farm that will be built off Cape Cod.

  3. Since the US does not use oil to make electricity and wind mills produce electricity, they are no substitute for, alternative to, or market competitor to oil.

    1. Hybrid-electric cars do not use gas (oil), but rather electricity –reducing oil and increasing electricity consumption. Electric cars are the future of clean cars and are increasing their market share every year. Oil and coal are very interconnected and are indeed substitutes for each other as far as burning/powering of energy goes.

    2. Actually …

      1. While little of the US oil use is for electricity, there are areas (such as Hawaii) where significant (90%) of electricity is from oil generation. And, diesel generators/such are not uncommon.

      2. There are many oil uses where electricity could be a relatively easy replacement — such as home heating oil.

      3. Electrification of the rail system could enable, within a decade, electricity replacing in the range of 2.5 million barrels per day of oil use (or more than 10% of US demand).

      Etc …

  4. Since the US does not use oil to make electricity and wind mills produce electricity, they are no substitute for, alternative to, or market competitor to oil.

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    they were –too pale, to look like a mirror too fast? Have u heard of the Looking Glass Lady? No relation
    to the Sleeping Lady, or was that Sleeping Lucy? LGL was Gilbrt Eddy’s mother, Mrs E. –There is more…

  6. Come on folks, you cannot seriously compare the danger to birds due to wind energy with the dangers of oil spills. For the curent oil spill, we’re talking about VAST ECOSYSTEMS being destroyed affecting thousand of species and humans for generations. Keep some perspective here. Wind energy and hydroelectricity are definitely cleaner, there’s no debate about that.

    1. “Take up a lot of area …”

      Windmill “farms” spread out over a large area but that area is open to other use as the actual footprint of the towers and electrical transmission wire infrastructure is quite small. In the range of 99 percent of the “land area” of a “wind farm” is available for uses like farming, roads, etc …

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