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  •  Aside: Read Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clark (5+ / 0-)
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    JosephK74, walkshills, caul, Bob Guyer, fixxit

    I think you might enjoy it (it has somewhat similar themes).

    Getting back to the point of the diary, I don't think humans are intrinsically opposed to the environment. If you look at every other developed country where we've recognized that unlimited greenhouse gas emissions is a problem, poll after poll shows that the vast majority of the electorate wants to do something about it... except the United States. If the fact that we try to achieve development is bad for society that's one thing, but there are plenty of groups of humans (i.e. the EU/Japan, etc) who want to advance technology/development and do it in a sustainable way.

    I just take it as evidence that Americans are the backward barbarians that Europeans think we are when we don't give a shit about climate change, but even among Americans polling shows that a majority fear it as a problem and want to do something about it. Eliminating all the trees on Easter Island, while deplorable by itself, just doesn't matter on a global scale and you can't blame humanity for allowing it to happen when there's a huge chunk of humanity that wants to preserve the planet for multiple generations of people, not just our own children.

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