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George Carlin on saving the planet

Posted by Richard on June 25, 2008

Here's a belated bit of a tribute to George Carlin, America's funniest foul-mouthed curmudgeon for many years. Like many of his fellow leftist/counterculture types, he anthropomorphized Planet Earth, but his take was somewhat different.

Today, James Hansen is back in the news calling for energy company execs to be "tried for high crimes against humanity and nature" and declaring "We're toast" if we don't stop global warming (but in 1971, Hansen was part of the "fossil fuels could trigger an ice age" crowd). So it seems appropriate to remember Carlin's entertaining take on such dire predictions.

Here's a taste of what's in the video below:

"The planet has been through a lot worse than us … been through earthquakes, volcanoes, plate tectonics, continental drift, solar flares, sunspots, magnetic storms, the magnetic reversal of the poles, … bombardment by comets and asteroids and meteors, … cosmic rays, recurring ice ages — and we think some plastic bags and some aluminum cans are going to make a difference?"

7½ very funny minutes, ending with his embrace of The Big Electron. Need I warn you about the language? R.I.P, George.

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One Response to “George Carlin on saving the planet”

  1. Hathor said

    Might this produce The Big Electron.

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