Where Country Music and CleanTech Collide

by Richard T. Stuebi

Great blog post last week by David Roberts in the Huffington Post profiling a new country tune entitled “Drill Here, Drill Now”, written by a Nashville artist named Aaron Tippin.

For those who want to skip the music, here are the lyrics:

Hello … Is anybody out there listenin’ in Washington D.C.
This is the suffering voice of America crying out for relief
Now I don’t know what a gallon of gas costs up on Capitol Hill
But we sure know what it costs down here in Realityville
And the damage already done has been a mighty heavy toll
And if we’re gonna fix it we gotta start right here at home

Drill here, drill now
How ’bout some oil from our own soil that belongs to us anyhow
No more debatin’ we’re tired of waitin’ everybody shout out loud
Drill here, drill now

Every time a foreign tanker pulls up to our shore
They got us over a barrel while they bleed us a little more
And think how much it costs just to bring it all that way
And how many American jobs that’d make if we were drillin’ in the USA
Oh and God forbid if our oily friends should decide to cut us off
We’d be standin’ around with our britches down now listen to me ya’ll


Well the winds of change are blowin’
Yes and we recognize that need
But tractors, trucks, cars and planes can’t run on tomorrow’s dreams
So while we’re workin’ on the future we can’t ignore today
Cuz who knows how much time the alternative might take
Somethin’s gotta be done right now cuz friends it won’t be long
Before this great big country comes grinding to a halt


I’m not anyone to critique music, or poetry for that matter. But in a recent post, I have previously dismembered the absurd notions offered by Mr. Tippin in his song that drilling for more oil in the U.S. is going to solve all our economic problems.

Rather than thoughtful humility and purposeful action towards real solutions for our energy challenges, the U.S. gets instead yet another example of beat-my-chest patriotism, overly proud and completely without substance.

Richard T. Stuebi is the BP Fellow for Energy and Environmental Advancement at The Cleveland Foundation, and is also the Founder and President of NextWave Energy, Inc.

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