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, June 15, 2012

Drill, Baby, Drill!

A new bill sponsored by Republican members of the House would open up much more federal land to oil exploration and drilling.

The bill, called the Strategic Energy Production Act, combines a variety of proposals to roll back EPA safeguards, require more drilling on public lands, and speed up leasing for oil and gas extraction. It’s part of a legislative drumbeat in support of fossil fuels that House Republicans are trying to maintain through the beginning of the summer.

At the same time, GOP house members have introduced legislation that would gut 13 different clean energy programs, some of which have been on the books for decades. 

Drill, baby, drill!
Don’t worry ‘bout that spill
It’s our collective will
To drill, baby, drill.

It makes tree-huggers ill
And gives them all a chill
But our message we’ll instill
To drill, baby, drill.

Our oil is needed still
For our gas tanks to refill
Our oil-men have the skill
To drill, baby, drill.

To make it clear that we’ll
Our destiny fulfill
Let’s pass the House’s bill
To drill, baby, drill.

And though we might be shrill
It sure gives us a thrill
To shout from dale and hill:
Drill, baby, drill!

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