Friday Funny

Josh from Cartoons by Josh writes:

Following on from an earlier cartoon “What the Greens got wrong”

this is about the plans for the next thing on the green agenda – not

sure what it will be but no doubt we shale see soon enough.

Ok, I know, a terrible joke.

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44 thoughts on “Friday Funny

  1. Was that tongue in cheek, or did you not know they’re going after (i.e. trying to shut down) exploitation of shale oil deposits?

  2. At first glance I thought these miserable greens looked a little too happy.
    Then I realised they’re smoking. (nudge nudge wink wink say no more)

  3. I think I read recently about a movement being organized to stop or impede shale gas development on some ecological grounds.

  4. No it is not a terrible joke, the administration and the greenies are already trying to kill shale, natural gas, and every sensible form of energy so that they can control the economy and push their dirty, expensive “green energy”.

  5. Josh as usual captures the depressing predictability of the enviro-extremists and their gullible supporters with gentle humor.

  6. “What shale we get wrong next?”
    How about, “The earth’s rotation could/might/may/possibly make children dizzy by the year 3457 so as a precaution, the governments of the world should commit $9,004,879,786,000,227,636,104,549,101,076.37 to stopping this catastrophe NOW!”

  7. They have already got it wrong if they think shale gas is a problem.
    Even through the practice of fracing has just been in the public eye the last few years, industry has been doing it without incident for half a century or more. The original fracs were done by dropping a stick of dynamite down the well bore. If industry was still doing that, there would be a legitimate complaint. But it is very high tech now.
    Anyone who knows anything about fracing will tell you that the concept of groundwater contamination by fracing is simply absurd. Fracs are designed to stay in zone. If a frac goes more than 100 ft out of zone, that would be considered a failure. but to contaminate an aquifer, it would need to go many thousands of feet out of zone. It just doesnt happen. Wellbores are cased with engineered steel & cemented into the ground to prevent communication between aquifers & hydrocarbon bearing zones. There are generally thousands of feet of impermeable beds between target zones & groundwater aquifers. Again, it justy doesn’t happen & that is both by design & by nature.
    Besides, to be a true green, you have to believe in AGW & natural gas is a way less carbon intensive fuel than coal, so how can you be against that ??? :))

  8. Yes.
    The way it is being extracted now (see the movie “Gasland”, it is a real eye-opener) it is as bad as the BP gulf spill or worse.
    Safety regulations need to be enforced, the end result is good for everyone.

  9. Any activist group that pursues positions on the workings of the universe requiring the removal of nuanced reality in favor of primitive sound-bite-ready points of view will ultimately be smacking themselves in the face with pie. Yet another reason why democracy must have an educated voting population.

  10. They don’t have to be right they just have to have a willing media and a willing legislature and courts, entertainment industry and manufacturers to fall in line with their story to succeed. And they have had that for quite some time even after proven wrong and wrong again. The most despicable of their tactics is for our primary educational institutional to promote the green claims to children. The use of children is degenerate and an abuse of taxpayer classroom time and a stab in the back of parents.
    Good drawing and all too true.

  11. Is that an incandescent over his head? Should that not be a over expensive, mercury stuffed fluorescent? Fine him. And Josh too for drawing it.

  12. Mike from Canmore says:…………
    I know it’s all tongue in cheek but
    Compact fluorescent bulbs also have another heath risk:
    Ultraviolet light – I can see one of these bulbs through my arc welding helmet at night-
    #10 lens for you gearheads
    flash burn is no joke and causes permanent retinal damage
    d

  13. I’ve been drilling shale gas wells for years. Pad drilling minimizes the ecological footprint compared to coal for example, well sites get put back to original when abandoned, and the fracs are essentially benign as they are trapped (in low permeability shales by definition) and generally consist of chemicals that are naturally occurring anyways!! But I still like nuclear best.

  14. Here in Socialist Summit County Colorado my daughter told me a student was punished for doubting global warming. Greenies are liars. Greenie Socialists make handy “useful idiots” for globalist “change agents”. They have taken the public school system through federalization. Government lies being force-fed to my children … and I for one am Mad As Hell : Not Going To Take It Anymore ! { MaH:NGtTIA! }

  15. Sadly last fall CSI Las Vegas had an episode where evil oil companies using fracking contaminated Las Vegas suburban water causing horrific diseases and deaths while an intrepid investigative reporter was thwarted in her efforts to expose this criminal enterprise. So Hollywood.

  16. Love the cartoon, Josh. “Smash violence, kill the warmongers, be here Saturday man, we’re having a peace riot!”
    HAGWEE

  17. Speaking of Friday Funnies, the Met Office forecast of a cold start to winter in the UK is in at Bishop Hill. Remember the BBC’s completely impartial Harrabin reporting that the Met Office had warned the Government about the cold start to winder?
    Turns out they forecast a roughly equal chance of an average, mild or cold start to winter. Hardly a portent of what turned out to be just about the coldest ever recorded December ever in the whole of recorded weather history ever in the UK. Ever.
    http://bishophill.squarespace.com/blog/2011/1/21/a-copy-of-that-cold-winter-forecast.html

  18. Big eco, the new corporate big boys have a product to sell just like coke and HP, the product is fear and big eco exists to exploit it with all the modern advertising know how available to other big corporations.
    Take a look at a big mac ad picture, it looks nothing like the actual product you actually get yet it wouldnt help to sell it if a real picture of a flat soggy mess was portrayed to the would be customer, yuuk. Truthful representation does not sell burgers and it does not sell ecogreenery so the airbrush is used and the outlandish claims and exaggerations are self sustaining and needed in ever greater amounts to sell sell sell to an ever more sceptical public.
    Big eco realises that it needs to scare and instil fear and uncertainty, it matters not if the claims are lies because every scare sees income rise and then falls away so more scares are needed and they are tailored to suit a fast food fast media world. All the ad worlds tricks are used mind bombs and hooks and trails and leaders etc to sell their product Big eco exploits the emotional state of its victims more expertly that any fast food chain or anti virus company. Big eco spends big money on pimping their wares and its very profitable for them but in the end they have become just like the big industrial corporations that they were set up to fight, the bottom line is King now. Fear sells, twisting the emotional arm is profitable, exploiting peoples wish for a better world via fear has been very profitable for big eco and they have a huge advantage over their corporate friends in industry because the rules governing their activities were crafted to allow this corruption of their original mission.

  19. The original question was “the next thing on the green agenda”? How about these gems to be discussed at an upcoming webinar by EPA Region 10 and “designed to provide you with the information and resources you need to reduce GHG emissions and create more sustainable patterns of consumption in your community.”
    TOPICS include:
    · Intro: Unsustainable Consumption
    · The Connection to Climate Change
    · Your Eco Footprint & Downsizing Your Consumption
    · Psychology Of Overconsumption
    · Influencing Behavior Change
    · Reducing Consumption to Improve Quality of Life and Happiness
    · The Economics of Consumption
    · Consumption, Advertising and the Creation of Desire
    · Food: Why we eat too much and waste too much.
    · Designing Communities and transportation to Reduce Our Carbon
    Footprint and Recreate Community
    · Changing Industry & the Morality of Editing Consumer Choice
    My personal favorite are the 4th, 5th and 6th bullet items –
    p.s. I think they forgot one topic – how about “Climate Distruption, your Carbon Footprint and the Morality of having children”
    This stuff passes for intellectual discourse and is going on all the time.

  20. Jeff L says:
    January 21, 2011 at 5:41 am
    Anyone who knows anything about fracing will tell you that the concept of groundwater contamination by fracing is simply absurd. Fracs are designed to stay in zone. If a frac goes more than 100 ft out of zone, that would be considered a failure. but to contaminate an aquifer, it would need to go many thousands of feet out of zone. It just doesnt happen. Wellbores are cased with engineered steel & cemented into the ground to prevent communication between aquifers & hydrocarbon bearing zones. There are generally thousands of feet of impermeable beds between target zones & groundwater aquifers. Again, it justy doesn’t happen & that is both by design & by nature.

    I agree with your assessment. I’ve always thought that most of the people complaining that their water supply was effected by a frac had contaminated water before the frac was performed.
    I’m hearing that PA is now testing water before and after frac jobs. They are finding that many private wells are contaminated before and are unaffected by the frac. We might see concerns settled after a short period of time.

  21. PJB I am not sure but I hope you are being sarcastic about using a hollywood film for information.
    Cassandra I happen to like Big Macs, but then my wife says I drool when a garbage truck goes by.

  22. Light bulbs… they got incandescent light bulbs wrong… replacing them with toxic mercury filled bulbs that can’t be smashed for fun. Sigh.

  23. Isn’t the light bulb a bit out of place when we are being told to switch off the standby lights on equipment?

  24. Well, obviously any source of energy extracted from the ground will be resisted by greenies, but, they’re coming after your water next.

  25. ecliptic says:
    January 21, 2011 at 7:28 am
    Here in Socialist Summit County Colorado my daughter told me a student was punished for doubting global warming
    Good grief! They weren’t blown to bits surely? No pressure!

  26. Governments who have already introduced so many unnecessary laws that have held back economic progress and added huge costs to all our lives to placate the ever growing rantings of the Green movements should now take a step back and look at the damage the Greens are causing on the back of unfounded environmental scares. Even though the scare of global warming has been well and truly debunked by uncluttered science, there are still organisations who are prepared to give them a platform. In a serious discussion on BBC TV today on the negative influence of petrol price increases on the economy of the UK, airtime was given to a stupid environmentalist who strongly advocated increasing petrol prices more, in order to reduce the effects of ‘global warming’ on all our lives. ( They find it impossible to face the truth). Friends of the Earth, Green Peace, The World Widlife Fund and all their bearded and wooley hatted supporting ilk have done so much damage to our economy and general way of life through governments responding to their unfounded and unproven claims. No nuclear power stations, no coal fired power stations, more expensive windmills, more useles solar power, low power light bulbs in our homes (which closed many industries) landfill restrictions, to name but a few. They have all been proven to have been built on unfounded environmental scares. Even major oil spills, as bad as they are, have never proved to be the long time catastrophe the greens always forecast. Habitats and fish stocks have always been restored, while hundreds of volcanoes throughout history have spewed out their deadly toxic gasses with very little effect, if any, effect on the wider world. Nature is far more able to look after itself than man is. It is time we all ignored these silly so called environmentalists, many of whom have never contributed one iota to the economy of the world, and take advice from proper scientifically researched facts, that are not falsified to suit the green agenda. It’s time for action.

  27. It’s always Marcia, Marcia said on January 21, 2011 at 6:58 pm:

    No bong?

    And contaminate water with thousands of toxic cancer-causing chemicals, like carbon dioxide?
    Sure, it currently appears that carbon dioxide won’t by itself cause cancer, but we’ve never had atmospheric levels this high in recorded history before! Why take the risk?
    Besides, there’s already been a casual link demonstrated between CO2 and cancer, as This Intrepid Blogger noted:
    http://robertkyriakides.wordpress.com/2008/01/07/carbon-dioxide-in-the-air-cancer-and-death/
    He cites the work of the esteemed Professor Mark Z Jacobson of Stanford University, which you know must be true:

    In December 2007 Professor Jacobson published his findings which draw on many scientific sources as well as his own original research. He finds that (by modeling) increases in fossil fuel sourced carbon dioxide also increase the ozone levels on the surface of the planet. Ozone is a molecule that consists of there atoms of oxygen; high in the upper atmosphere it shields us from harmful ultraviolet light but at the surface of the earth it is generally thought to be very harmful to human respiratory systems because it harms your breathing apparatus.
    He also found that carbon dioxide from fossil fuel increases the volume of carcinogens that we are likely to meet. Burning fossil fuel also (as we know) increases particulates. All this leads to more cancers, more deaths and more people ill in hospitals. In addition if you pump more carbon dioxide in the air, the air becomes more stable, making a better home for particulates which damage health.
    He extrapolates that deaths increase with increased carbon dioxide levels and higher temperatures. It is difficult to be precise (and any headline figure will inevitably be misleading) but the effects of the carbon dioxide that we are pumping into the atmosphere are causing deaths which would not have been caused otherwise, quite apart from the deaths that are being caused by extreme climate events caused by increased temperatures. Those deaths are significant enough (every death is of course significant) in number to measure.

    Quite Alarming! As the blogger concludes:

    Well, if you needed another reason to stop burning fossil fuel you can find it in Professor Jacobson’s work.

    Science Daily reported on it:
    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/02/080226135421.htm
    I found the paper here:
    On the causal link between carbon dioxide and air pollution mortality
    http://www.fypower.org/pdf/Stanford_CO2_Jacobson.pdf
    There’s a presentation based on it:
    http://www.ametsoc.org/atmospolicy/documents/2008ESSS/ESSS51608/Jacobson51609.pdf
    Peer Reviewed Proof! And as you can tell from the last link, the prestigious American Meteorological Society has archived the results thus you know it’s all Very Important and Exceptionally True.
    Sure, that link between CO2 and (global warming; climate change; climatic disruption) got all the press until lately, but now the Greens have an opportunity to get back to this Important Upcoming Tragedy.
    Anthropogenic Carbon Dioxide increases lead to Cancer.
    Serious Business.
    Yup, we might as well shut down all the fossil fuel based heating right now, then the Greens can start adding up the lives saved from cancer…

  28. The concept of the lightbulb over the head signifies a “flash” of insight — the only way a CFL flashes is when the damn thing explodes! (Yes they do; they sure DON”T like cold weather — BOOM!!)
    They should be drawn in the explode mode!

  29. The regular lightbulb actually works, remember that the Greenies aren’t restircting themselves away from those things in most cases, they just want it to apply to everyone but themselves. Look at Al Gore, flying in his private jet to talk about how everyone must cut back to save the planet. It would be funny if it weren’t true.

  30. Kadaka,
    Doesn’t everything cause cancer eventually – I mean stick a couple of coins inside somebody’s skin for long enough and they’re likely to develop cancer. So lets ban money.
    Moreover cancer is primarily a disease of ageing, so if we put a limit on how long people can live we will solve the problem.

  31. From Dave Andrews on January 23, 2011 at 1:38 pm:

    Doesn’t everything cause cancer eventually – I mean stick a couple of coins inside somebody’s skin for long enough and they’re likely to develop cancer. So lets ban money.

    Oh I agree. Despite all the talk about how great Nature is, how natural it all is, we actually live in a permanently-irritating toxic soup. Every bit of it will kill us in large quantities, and for “essential nutrients” like minerals the threshold for life-impairment is shockingly low.
    As to banning money in general, enough people already have what they think are enough reasons to do so, so what’s one more?

    Moreover cancer is primarily a disease of ageing, so if we put a limit on how long people can live we will solve the problem.

    A certain chunk is just odds, a one in whatever chance every year times how many years lived. Our defensive functions do wear down with age, damage doesn’t get automatically repaired fast enough, increasing the per year odds.
    Some of the current advice for avoiding it doesn’t help much either. We are warned about “free radicals,” people load up on antioxidants. Yet those reactive oxygen species (ROS) do perform important functions in the body, too many antioxidants can cause problems. Also I seem to remember a news blurb from a year or so ago, people were taking so much antioxidants it was interfering with their oxygen uptake.
    Read the linked Wikipedia piece. Turns out a major source of oxidative damage is leakage from mitochondria. No “external cause” needed, a major source of our eventual downfall is built in.
    As to getting rid of people past a certain age in general, enough people already have what they think are enough reasons to do so… ☺

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