Happy Earth Day From Moses

charlton_heston_mosesI’m trying very hard to do my part on Earth Day 2009!  I’m using double the paper at work and pumping gas during daylight hours.

OK, I really don’t care much about Earth Day because I think every day is Earth Day.  The real environmentalists are the ones that know that no matter what we do, we can’t kill the earth.  The best we can do is take care of what we have but don’t take things to an extreme that take us back to the 12th century (hmmm…sounds like the Middle East).

Following is an excellent oration (well, transcript) from Charlton Heston.  He read this passage from Michael Crichton’s prologue of Jurassic Park on the Rush Limbaugh show in 1995.  I think this says a lot although I would dispute the age and origins of the earth.    

 

You think man can destroy the planet? What intoxicating vanity. Let me tell you about our planet. Earth is four-and-a-half-billion-years-old. There’s been life on it for nearly that long, 3.8 billion years. Bacteria first; later the first multicellular life, then the first complex creatures in the sea, on the land. Then finally the great sweeping ages of animals, the amphibians, the dinosaurs, at last the mammals, each one enduring millions on millions of years, great dynasties of creatures rising, flourishing, dying away — all this against a background of continuous and violent upheaval. Mountain ranges thrust up, eroded away, cometary impacts, volcano eruptions, oceans rising and falling, whole continents moving, an endless, constant, violent change, colliding, buckling to make mountains over millions of years.

Earth has survived everything in its time. It will certainly survive us. If all the nuclear weapons in the world went off at once and all the plants, all the animals died and the earth was sizzling hot for a hundred thousand years, life would survive, somewhere: under the soil, frozen in Arctic ice. Sooner or later, when the planet was no longer inhospitable, life would spread again. The evolutionary process would begin again. It might take a few billion years for life to regain its present variety. Of course, it would be very different from what it is now, but the earth would survive our folly, only we would not. If the ozone layer gets thinner, ultraviolet radiation sears the earth, so what? Ultraviolet radiation is good for life. It’s powerful energy. It promotes mutation, change. Many forms of life will thrive with more UV radiation. Many others will die out.

Do you think this is the first time that’s happened? Think about oxygen. Necessary for life now, but oxygen is actually a metabolic poison, a corrosive glass, like fluorine. When oxygen was first produced as a waste product by certain plant cells some three billion years ago, it created a crisis for all other life on earth. Those plants were polluting the environment, exhaling a lethal gas. Earth eventually had an atmosphere incompatible with life. Nevertheless, life on earth took care of itself. In the thinking of the human being a hundred years is a long time. A hundred years ago we didn’t have cars, airplanes, computers or vaccines. It was a whole different world, but to the earth, a hundred years is nothing. A million years is nothing. This planet lives and breathes on a much vaster scale. We can’t imagine its slow and powerful rhythms, and we haven’t got the humility to try. We’ve been residents here for the blink of an eye. If we’re gone tomorrow, the earth will not miss us.

 Happy Earth Day!

 

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

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8 Responses

  1. Love this blog I’ll be back when I have more time.

  2. Charlton Heston’s post is ridiculous. Who ever posted it is even more ludicrous.

    The question asked in the video, and the reason the video is posted here is to answer whether man can make the Earth inhospitable – whether man can change the climate. The ludicrous answer given here is that microbes, bacteria, and insects will survive nuclear holocaust, by hiding in the artic or underground.

    Great, wonderful, kind a like an “It’s A Wonderful Life” it is not. First, Heston states that Yes, Man can destroy human, mammalian life on earth. Bacteria are celebrating cause they’ll still be here.

    The entire video is pointless because it does not address any present day issue. It doesn’t talk about CO2 and how it might affect human life, or cities, or water quality, or the entire food cycle.

    That’s why the video is ridiculous. Also ridiculous is the “Happy Earth Day from Moses.” Heston isn’t Moses and the video isn’t from Moses.

    Here is a point that will stick with you: 999 out of 999 climate scientists say that CO2 in the atmosphere is increasing due to human activity and has/will result in serious acidification of the oceans – a key component of the life cycle.

    So get over yourself and start thinking about the future.

    • Good to see you back Independent.

      Just curious, do you ever see sarcasm? The video oration was just a little fun and I thought it was interesting. So sorry you didn’t. The Moses thing was a joke also (Ever watched the 10 Commandments? Heston was Moses – just a hint). Also, this was merely a reading from a novel – Jurrasic Park. Just for fun on Earth Day.

      The overall point is really that there is no way on earth we can destroy the earth by spewing too much CO2 – that is really the point I was going for. Feel free to opine on the subject but it’s not going to change my opinion.

      999 out of 999 climate scientists say that CO2 in the atmosphere is increasing due to human activity and has/will result in serious acidification of the oceans – a key component of the life cycle.

      Really? 999 out of 999? Seems a little too hard to believe. The Green movement today is simply a money grab. Nothing less. Frankly looking back at all the weather cycles over the last century to today evidence points to a cooling cycle. GE and other Green merchants (Al Gore, et. al.) hope for some type of catastrophic climate change to hawk their wares but I’m not buying it.

      So get over yourself and start thinking about the future.

      Read the banner at the top of the site. It’s about what I think. I’m more than willing to allow fine individuals like yourself to comment. You are free (and I mean free) to start your own forum (www.wordpress.com). I’m not going to get over myself. I like myself and my opinions and really don’t care if anyone reads this blog, although I know a ton of people do on a regular basis. My future doesn’t call for the release of my hard earned money on crackpot theories (my words).

  3. Rob, great entry. Love Old Chuck. By the way, the ultimate environmentalists are the loggers. They recycle more than anyone else. They plant a tree, they raise it… then they raze it. Afterwards, they replant. They cycle continues.

    Maybe we need to be good stewards to the planet like the logging industry.

    • I agree. Trees are like any other crop – it just takes a little longer to regrow. Logging companies have a vested interest in creating more trees to sustain their businesses.

      They also use every bit of the tree for something. So, you are exactly correct that they are the ultimate environmentalists. Sounds a good topic for your wonderful site (www.thegreatilluminator.com).

  4. Your post on this matter contained no sarcasm — at least not as it is defined in the English language. You can see an example of sarcasm in your riveting post on Obama’s celebration of Mexican Independence Day.

    I, and the rest of the known Universe, do know that Charlton Heston played Moses. Your use of Moses in the post is what was dumb. The thread is about the Earth, maybe about GW. Throwing random cultural references is, well plain odd and dumb. See, maybe it’s sarcasm, maybe you didn’t recognize it.

    To the real point on GW: Inhofe tried (desperately) to get a list of Climate scientists to his list of 700 who opposed the IPCC resolution. He couldn’t find any. Instead he listed toy scientists, geographers, geologists — none qualified. So I stand by my list: I have 999 who are all climate scientists. They are the core of the climate scientists on Earth.

    Your reply demonstrates unequivocally that you do not understand GW.

    – Just like it doesn’t rain every day where you are, short term weather patterns do not change science. Look at the real-data graphics for the last 130 years at http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/climatechange/science/projections/

    – Everyone, everywhere, even skeptics agree that CO2 has been rising in the last 150 years. CO2 is produced by humans and animals, but after accounting for the rise in populations of these groups, it is clear that CO2 is rising at a much faster rate.

    – The drop in forests, traditionally a way to cleanse the air has been dropping. Logging might save us, but there are far fewer forests today than ever — much less than in 1776, and much less than in 1620– even though you thought you read somewhere that we had more (some other post of yours).

    – The excess CO2 is causing ocean acidification, which in turn causes loss of fishes, which in turn affects the food cycle.

    Think you still want to do nothing about it? That’s why you should get over yourself.

    • Thank you so much for your kind words. I’m so glad I can amuse you and waste your valuable time. It’s my honor.

      I, and the rest of the known Universe, do know that Charlton Heston played Moses. Your use of Moses in the post is what was dumb. The thread is about the Earth, maybe about GW. Throwing random cultural references is, well plain odd and dumb. See, maybe it’s sarcasm, maybe you didn’t recognize it.

      I guess we’ll have to agree to disagree on that one. I thought it was funny and relevant. It is my site so I can make any reference I choose.

      To the real point on GW: Inhofe tried (desperately) to get a list of Climate scientists to his list of 700 who opposed the IPCC resolution. He couldn’t find any. Instead he listed toy scientists, geographers, geologists — none qualified. So I stand by my list: I have 999 who are all climate scientists. They are the core of the climate scientists on Earth.

      Really? I’m not a Climate Scientist, but I do have an opinion about things, obviously. There is not a consensus on any of these issues and to think that there is ignores all the facts – like here and here and here. I’m not going to source everything, but I thought these make good reading. This issue is really split in the Scientific community for sure and I would ask those on both sides of the Scientific spectrum how did the come about their opinions. Is it because of actual “evidence” or is it something more? Who is paying for their research?

      My favorite saying is “Follow the Money” and on this subject it is nothing different. GE and other corporations are betting on the “Green” movement to save their back sides. GE is swimming in red ink and needs the hysteria about CC to come true. How many more companies are in the same boat?

      I’m not going to pretend to know everything there is to know about Climate Change (funny how that term changed, huh). It really doesn’t matter as I’m not willing to spend Billions (or maybe 100 Gazillion….) on measures that have very little chance of creating a difference with anything on something that is really not a problem in the first place. The real issue would be is Man a contributing factor. I say no, you say yes. My buddies over at The Great Illuminator had a great back and forth recently on this issue – some of your comments sound familiar…….

      Excellent video from Crowder on just this subject:

  5. I am glad you brought up “Follow the Money.” You are also familiar with “putting the horse before the cart.” Right now your blog has the horse in the back of the cart, so let’s correct a few misconceptions.

    1) Science has been looking at the CO2 problem since at least the 1960s — way, way, way before GE wanted to go green.

    2) The science of CO2 was understood in the 1980s, way, way, way before GE wanted to go green.

    3) There were major climate conferences in the early 1990’s – again long before corporations got in on the act.

    4) The IPCC started their commitee work in the 1990s.

    During all of this time corporations, particularly oil, utilities and appliance companies spent a lot of money trying to debunk climate change. For about 25 years, the only ones who would fund CC work were Universities.

    During the 2001-2008 period (Bush et al), corporations were dead set against CC.

    So now it’s 2009. Corporations are waking up to a large consumer demand for green and responding.

    Your complaint: “those money grubbing, blood sucking corporation sham wants me to go green.” They are late to the green revolution and you are even later than they are coming up on the history.

    Or maybe you are one of those who likes to rewrite history to suit their own political agenda.

    One last point: science is about facts; consensus is about politics.

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