10/07/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

"Drill, Baby, Drill" Remix Contest at Wired Science

In recognition of the baffling popularity of the chant "Drill, baby, drill" at the Republican National Convention, Wired Science has put out a call for creatively remixed videos involving the chant:

In the spirit of a thousand "Don't taze me, bro!" remixes, Wired Science is proud to announce the "Drill, baby, drill!" remix contest.

The phrase was coined by Republican operative Michael Steele on Wednesday night at the Republican National Convention, and -- in perhaps the convention's only spontaneous development -- chanted during the speeches of Rudy Giuliani and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

What's totally amazing -- I mean, one part of what's totally amazing -- is that if you bought into the idea that more oil would help the country, the chant should be directed at oil companies, rather than politicians. The politicians seem to have done everything they can do to help oil companies find and divvy up oil. Why, not so long ago, the western Gulf of Mexico was divvied up into I don't know how many tracts, but fewer than a quarter were bid for by oil companies.

So you might ask yourself, why wouldn't an oil company that owns land (or has the chance to own land) drill it? And the answer, as told recently to a crowd in Denver by none other than T. Boone Pickens, was that there"s just not much oil in there. Not enough, anyway, to justify all the logistical things that have to happen before the drilling, baby, drilling.

And if you care to get into the real stuff, but nobody's holding their breath for this, what about conservation? (Shout-out to reader/commenter KTM on that one.)

But I digress. Go and make your remix videos and send them in to Wired. Also, a quick thank-you to our HuffPost Green commenters, who very frequently have some of the more civil back-and-forth discussions around the Internet and often post useful links for other readers and for me!

So: Thanks, and have a nice weekend.