Humans Make Earth Day Better

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Humans Make Earth Day Better

This Earth Day, celebrate not just the the earth itself, but the ways that human beings make life better for everyone on earth. A music video parody brought to you by the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

2 Responses to “Humans Make Earth Day Better”

  1. Ronald Hayden Says:

    Thanks for the video — I think it’s critical that we try to get past the head-exploding part of the argument with environmentalists and start pro-actively pushing the positive message about humans on Earth. This is a good piece for that.

  2. Mike Sivertsen Says:

    Thanks for reminding us what the ultimate resource truly is: humans! Julian Simon would be proud.

    The whale party cartoon from the 1800s (linked below) depicts what human ingenuity can achieve in a society free of excessive regulations. Prior to the discovery of petroleum whale oil was often used for illumination. After oil was discovered in Pennsylvania in 1859 whales were no longer killed for illumination as a far better resource would now replace it. If whales could party at their own ‘earth day,’ the cartoon depicts what it may have been like!

    How Capitalism Saved the Whales, The Freeman, August 1992. How various inventions resulted in petroleum replacing whale oil.

    Whale party after discovery of petroleum (cartoon from The Freeman, August 1992)

    Environmentalists and animal ‘rights’ activists often view technology as evil and responsible for destroying the earth and animal life. If technological progress had been stopped or rendered extremely difficult due to a multitude of environmental regulations and Endangered Species Laws, where would the whales be today? Rockefeller and others set out to make a profit, not to ‘save the whales.’ The result was that they did both, in an era where human ingenuity was relatively unfettered by government intervention. It can be said that Thomas Edison, John Rockefeller and others saved more whales than Greenpeace ever will.