Basically, all I did in this cartoon was to illustrate the news story. That’s how absurd it is.
We have a Chinese oil rig⎯and we know how dependable Chinese products are, like drywall and baby formula⎯being put in the hands of a country that has no experience whatsoever drilling for oil.
Thanks to the vagaries of geography and U.S. law, it looks like the Cubans will be able to plant their rig only 45 miles from Florida’s coast, while American-supervised platforms must be located at least twice as far from our shores. Last year’s BP blowout occurred under the umbrella of government supervision (such as it is), so imagine what kind of oversight will be maintained by a country whose main interest is to develop a source of hard currency, regardless of the consequences.
If there’s a silver lining to all this, it’s that Cuba is starting from scratch, unlike the United States. There’s no revolving door between the oil industry and regulators the way there is in this country, because there’s no industry and no regulation. Cold comfort.
Tar ball beach tennis, anyone?