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The genius of this bit is the way it SEEMS to be a critique of environmentalism, as if Carlin is arguing in favor of doing whatever we please with the world. But, in reality, it's slyly satirical, and he's just saying, "Humanity can't save OR destroy the planet, because humanity is utterly arbitrary and insignificant in the grand scheme of things. All man can do is either save or destroy man itself. The planet will go right on spinning either way."
Right off the top, you jump 'corporations'. (Which only feeds the crowd that sees the environmental "INDUSTY" as a closet anti-capitalism agenda driven bunch.)
I see virtuously all corporations pushing 'green' be it for P.R. purposes right down to production and waste considerations.
As far as the accidents you cited, they were/are ACCIDENTS. These are inevitable. One corrects them, one doesn't generalize and lump it all under some nefarious indifference/greed. Obviously, there's huge financial consquences to these accidents-rightly so- and attitudes/policy is changing as we speak.
As far as fracking goes, there are a few areas where there's an overlap between water sources and fracking. A very few. In those locations and any similar areas it should be addressed/restricted or delayed until the technology improves.
Overall, fracking and shale development has saved the world economy-at the expense of big oil and big oil producing nations.
In a 'dire' economic environment, environmental considerations would take a back seat, to say the least.
I'm 64 years old and these eyes have seen a VAST improvement. Zero doubt.
I hold the current EPA in contempt.