- Wed Feb 06, 2019 9:01 am
My partner is a qualified geophysicist. She knows a bit about this.
What he's failing to take into account is the cost of surveying and extraction. The gulf of Mexico is a) fucking deep, b) prone to hurricanes, and c) geologically unstable - Haiti, anyone? Compare to the North Sea, which in oceanographic terms, is a puddle.
It's the reason why we're not tapping the Falklands field. Besides, in that case where are you going to build your refinery? Certainly not in downtown Stanley. Clue - it rhymes with Marge and Tina.
Onto the fossil fuel bit - yes, oil is being constantly formed, but at geologically slow rates. So yes, while alternative energy sources should be cultivated, you can't put everything on hold until they are. "The West" would like nothing better than to have a reliable source of energy outside of unstable countries, but we all want things we can't have. As for the realpolitik, that's the way things are, and I suspect that if Jezza ever gets into Downing street, on day one he'll have some serious people explain this to him.
"It is not enough to succeed. Others must fail." - Gore Vidal.
"I proved that you're wrong. And if you're wrong, I'm right." - Aaron Eckhart.