Remember the Oilers?

Prior to the advent of the environmental movement and its success in demonizing fossil fuels and development of any kind, oil and pipelines were something to be celebrated. In 1960, oil tycoon Bud Adams christened his new AFL franchise the Houston Oilers. (The team moved to Tennessee in the late 1990s and was eventually renamed the Titans.)

One of the most popular surf rock tunes of all time – recorded by the Chantays in 1962 and later covered by the Ventures, Dick Dale, and many more – is called “Pipeline.”

It’s hard to imagine a team being named the Oilers anymore or a song being titled “Pipeline,” but maybe it’s time to renew our appreciation for the oil that lubricates our economy and the safest means of transporting it: pipelines.

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