Andrew Revkin is the chief environmental reporter for the Times, a true believer in the idea that humans are making the planet warmer. He also plays in an "acoustic-roots" band, "Uncle Wade," and even wrote an environmental protest ditty, "Liberated Carbon," which he recently performed during a talk at Bowdoin College in Maine.
In this retelling of the creation story, Satan offers coal and oil to humanity instead of an apple (environmentalism as religion, once again).
There’s also a war-for-oil line: "They sent an Army to the desert just to keep this country free...And to liberate some carbon, baby, for you and me."
Here’s a taste of "Liberated Carbon"'s lyrics, courtesy of a sympathetic environmentalist blogger who took them down at a performance:
"We yearned to burn more than dung and sticks.
Then Satan came along and said, 'Hey, try lighting this.'
He opened up the ground and showed us coal and oil.
He said, 'Come liberate some carbon. It'll make your blood boil.'
Liberated carbon, it'll spin your wheels.
Liberated carbon it'll nuke your meals.
Liberated carbon, it'll turn your night to day.
Come on and liberate some carbon, babe, it's the American way."
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