Let me tell you about endangered species, alright? Saving endangered species is just one more arrogant attempt by humans to control nature… Over 90%, way over 90%, of all the species that have ever lived on this planet, ever lived, are gone… We didn’t kill them all… They disappear these days at a rate of 25 a day, regardless of our behaviour.
I don’t think he needed to speak much further than that for me to know that Mr. Carlin is a completely bonkers scientifically uninformed idiot.
Funny how later on he mentions that the Earth has been around for 4.5 billion years and that we’ve been doing industrial stuff for 200. Life has been around for about 3 billion years. I’m not going to do all the math, but I’d be willing to bet that if species disappeared at a rate of 25 per day for 3 billion years regardless of our presence, there would be many, many, many more extinctions than all the species that have ever been alive.
As for meddling with nature, it’s not like nature put a sudden selection pressure against bamboo that’s causing the pandas to lose their food supply that’s causing them to become endangered. I’m sorry, but it’s Chinese who are cutting down bamboo forests and all that jazz.
He keeps talking about how everybody’s talking about “saving the planet.” No, the planet itself doesn’t need saving. Even if we blasted all of our nukes and started a nuclear winter, the rock itself would probably continue cycling on for another few billion years until the sun turns into a red giant. The part that needs saving is the ecosystem. Yes, there were mass extinctions in the past… induced by nature. The one we’re facing is being caused by us and it might just be the worst one in the history of the planet.
It’s not just a matter of the Earth absorbing all our plastic when we’re gone. We also have global warming to deal with. Yes, it’s only 1 or 2 degrees increase in global temperature per year but… that means in 25 years global temperatures will be 50 degrees warmer than they currently are. That’s nowhere near enough time for life to evolve to catch up.
Yes… not all forms of life will die. There are probably plenty of simpler organisms that can survive (extremophiles for example). But… say there is a mass extinction caused by global warming and we’re still around along with a few life forms that were hardy enough to make it… What are we going to eat? It’s a rather good bet that most of the natural resources we rely on won’t be around after that. There’s probably going to be a lot of… other people though.
Y’know, one of the ancient Incan kings apparently liked human thighs with tomato sauce and…
But, I do acknowledge that there are lunatic environmentalists who are only a little educated about what’s going on are kind of dumb. What’s so great about “all natural” food anyway? And they are quite ignorant when it comes to the actual science behind genetically modified food.
Environmentalists are often arrogant about how they’re “helping the planet”. Fair enough. People often worry about stuff for no good reason and try to do stupid stuff to fix it. Fair enough. But, Mr. Carlin, I’m afraid that you are very scientifically uninformed.
Please go fuck yourself.
Those of us who are scientifically informed (not the lunatic environmentalists who don’t know what they’re doing) are going to try to fix this. This is what science is for.