Tune: My Darling Clementine
There’s a cycle, a roller coaster
In Alberta, that’s our fate
Selling oil as fast as we can —
As if the stuff went out of date.
Not to mention, piddly royalties
For those of us, who own the stuff
Corporate oil tears, oh such hooey
Every quarter, earnings up.
There’s a crisis, that’s for certain
In our brains and on our land
A fire sale to sell our bitumen
Cannot be the energy plan.
Production’s rising, can you believe it?
More fossil fuel is the party line!
The experts tell us we need to leave it
But more oil out, so more pipeline.
Our problem is, consumption’s GROWING
People, give your heads a shake
Our poor climate, kicked and battered
The very planet is at stake.
How to crack this, that’s the question
Please Albertans, have some guts
We need DE-growth on our planet
Stop expanding, are we nuts?
Hear your Grannies, stop stupid buying….
Earth has limits to its growth
Oceans gagging, people dying
Heed your Grannies, enough’s enough!
[Slowly, wearily ….]
At least we have a carbon tax that
Seeks to make the users pay…..
If you have another plan, dear
Tell us now, not Apocolypse day.
Granny Lynn, Calgary Raging Grannies, April 2019