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It’s that time of year again, when I pour myself a single malt and pull on my creative writing boots. For my 2019 New Year piece I was inspired by Gil Scott-Heron, of “The Future Will Not Be Televised” fame. If you’re not familiar with it, probably best listen to him reading it first.

You will not be able to stay in business-as-usual, brother.
You will not be able to pull in, fill up and cop out.
You will not be able to lose yourself on Facebook or skip,
Skip out to the Hamptons during weekends

because the revolution will not be fossilized.

The revolution will not be fossilized.
The revolution will not be brought to you by Fox News
in talking head segments with old sex pests.
The revolution will not show you pictures of Mitch McConnell
in a Guns-Freedom-Coal tee, leading the charge by Scott Pruitt,
Nigel Lawson and Myron Ebell to laugh
about Inhofe’s snowball and Morrison’s coal lump.

The revolution will not be fossilized.

The revolution will be brought to you by national labs and smart investors and
will not star Bjorn Lomborg and Matt Ridley or Monckton and Palin.
The revolution will not Energise the World one BTu at a time.
The revolution will not Fuel Progress but poison children.
The revolution will not get you Beyond Petroleum, because

The revolution will not be fossilized, Brother.

There will be no staged pictures of young women engineers
bossing big-armed men on fake rigs in the Mexican Gulf,
or designing petro-molecules on fake supercomputers.
CNBC will not hail the discovery of the next billion barrels or cheer the yield from the lower 48.

The revolution will not be fossilized.

There will be no pictures of tugs hosing down
burning rigs in the instant replay.
There will be no pictures of locals being
dragged from rail tracks to let coal trains pass.
There will be no slow motion or still life of
ministers strolling through neighborhoods in hard hats and
high-vis jackets they had been saving
for just the right gas explosion.
Daily Mail, Breitbart, Wall Street Journal and
The Australian will no longer be so damned relevant, and
No one will care if Mike or Rex finally gets down with
Donald on every single channel, because young people
will be in the street, divesting for a brighter day.

The revolution will not be fossilized.

There will be no false balance on the 24-hour news
and no pictures of hairy-faced hipsters schmoozing petrogarchs in Davos and
Gerhard Schroeder pimping his pipelines.
The theme song will not be written in quarterly results by Glencore or Exxon
or sung by the oil giants of Saudi Arabia and China, and it will not
be halted for lack of lithium or Rare Earths.

The revolution will not be fossilized.

The revolution will not be held back by a tweet
from a white President, white premier, or white prime minister.
There will be no more speeches about digging coal,
fracking for freedom, or drill-baby-drilling.

The revolution will not go better with clean coal, a green deal or no deal.
The revolution will not extend the life of your gearbox.
The revolution WILL liberate you from the driver’s seat.
The revolution will not be fossilized,

Will not be fossilized, will not be fossilized.

The revolution will be no model-run, sisters;
The revolution will be live.


With apologies to the late, great and inspiring Gil Scott Heron. Click here to listen to him reading the original: “The Future Will Not Be Televised”. And never stop thinking, working and fighting for a better future. Happy New Year!

If you missed my previous New Year’s pieces, you can find them here:

2018: The Very Hungry Energy Industry

2017: It’s A New Year And Time To Face Reality

 

December 31, 2018