PLAY #48: CONFESSIONS OF A GAS PUMP (JAN 17)

AY holds PVC pipe out as a pump.

ZED fills up imaginary car, drives off.

ZED returns, fills up tank, drives off – and so on.

 

AY

Cheap oil, cheap oil!

Get yer gas for cheap!

Price of a barrel gone below $50

Get your gas for $2!

 

ZED continues to zip around as different cars.

 

AY

It’s hard for a pump not to feel used.

All those hands rubbing together giddy with glee

Dashing over and using me.

Don’t get me wrong

It’s nice to be popular

to see the smile on drivers as they get their bargain gas.

Besides, being used is the lot of a pump.

But it’s hard nonetheless

when the price of oil plummets like this.

 

In some ways falling oil prices are good.

Cheap oil makes it harder to develop alternative fossil fuels sources

like tar sands oil

this is good for the long-term future of a climate that supports humans

which is good for many things

including gas pumps.

Cheap oil might even allow for the passage of a carbon tax

because people are buffered somewhat from its impact.

 

In some ways falling oil prices are bad.

Cheap oil makes it harder to develop alternative renewable energy sources

which is bad for a climate that sustains human life

and people who will maintain gas pumps.

Cheap oil makes people use their vehicles more

more carbon dioxide in the air

more crashes on roads

more drain for me.

And I suppose it does make me feel less precious

It’s hard not to feel taken advantage of.

 

Still

what can I do but cheap on?

If I’m going to be a Cassandra in a coal mine

at least my song will bring joy.

 

Cheap oil, cheap oil!

Get yer gas for cheap!

Price of a barrel gone below $50

Get your gas for $2!

 

Cheap, cheap!

Cheep, cheep!

Cheap, cheap!

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