The poet William Stafford set himself the task of writing a poem a day. When someone asked him what he would do when his poem-of-the-day wasn't very good, he replied "I simply lower my standards." In order to increase output, the bar here is set at a low level - the point of this is to have some fun with current events and politics. I welcome contributions and comments. Now you can also follow Doggerelo on Twitter (@doggerelo). Because of continuing medical problems, I'm no longer able to post a poem-a-day. I'll continue to post poems, but at a reduced frequency, so please stay tuned.

Friday, March 2, 2012

It's not Easy Being Algae

Republicans (Newt Gingrich, Mitch McConnell, Rush Limbaugh, Charles Krauthammer) have ridiculed President Obama’s statement the other day that algae, grown in the USA, might be an excellent source of biofuels.   This seems more than a little cynical since other Republicans (Mike Pence, Darrell Issa, Mike Johanns) have previously been enthusiastic supporters of algae biotechnology as an alternate fuel source.

It’s not easy being green
We don’t get enough respect
We provide a fuel that’s clean,
Environmentally correct.

We little cells can grow real fast
All we need is good sunlight.
But here’s a fact some can’t get past:
We’re green – it don’t seem right.

And yet we can produce the oil
To fuel our country’s trucks and cars
The environment we won’t despoil
No oil spills or yucky tars.

While growing we fix CO2
And generate O2 as well
All of this is good for you
And our atmospheric shell.

But it’s not easy being green
The GOP deplores us
But this was not to be foreseen
‘Cause they were once all for us. 

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