I feel that this is a confusing, but by no means a complex subject...
Although the evidence of "global warming" has been muddled by "scientists" who have twisted the facts and even fabricated evidence that they claimed are "facts", there is much to be said about the subject that makes me think that our species' actions may very well be having a detrimental influence on our environment.
There are two trees in my yard that are ancient (I don't know the species). There were three but we had to cut one down to avoid the potential for extreme damage to our house. We couldn't be absolutely positive on the age of the tree, but we're pretty sure it was between 900-950 years old. I am a nature lover and really hated to take that tree down, but it was necessary and I lost not one second of sleep by doing so.
We are the dominant species on this planet (to the best of our knowledge) and thus we, by proven laws of nature, must kill other life forms in order to survive and progress as a species...duh. I think that it is very sad when a species becomes extinct and I do not want to see our progression as a species cause the extinction of another, but sometimes such is the course of nature and how arrogant it is of us to think that it is up to us to alter it. Long before mammals emerged on this planet, extinction of some species occured at the hands of more dominant species, so that fact alone leads me to the conclusion that our existence resulting in the extinction of another species is simply nature taking its course. Yes it is sad but obviously a very natural and necessary process to the evolution of this planet and the life it supports. This is my argument to the building of more hydroelectric dams...Let's just be as selective as is reasonable about where we put them.
There is SO much more I wish to say about this subject but I am becoming intoxicated and experience has taught me that it is best to avoid social interactions when my alcohol consumption reaches this point. I do hope that responses to this will occur in the first place and that they will prompt me to express more of my opinions when I am at least mostly sober. But what I do wish to make clear before I submit this subject is that I do consider myself an "environmentalist" who tries to take on the subject and act realistically and rationally rather than emotionally concerning it, although there is a small emotional aspect to my opinion on the environment. I do feel that all life is precious and that taking life should only be done for good reason...And good reasons for doing so are quite abundant...A reasonable balance can be struck...
Yes, Edward, you nailed it on the head, that liberals miss the guilt and shame of religion... and, may I add, self-sacrifice?
Great subject to broach. I, too, consider myself an environmenalist (leaning towards conservatism). I think humans should definetly steer away from making any life form extinct (except for parasites), but am angered by SOME of the liberals who insist on great sums of money being spent to save some species. Perhaps WE are not the cause of that extinction, but evolution is at play. Before humans ever civilized, the Earth, according to Nova and other scientists, had 5 mass exinctions (sp). But I do belive in human popultation control and setting aside large parcels of land to preserve. I hate urban/suburban sprawl.
Because of the De[pressio we're in, many of my neighbors with large tracts of woods, have sold of their timber/had it cut down in the most horrific way... wioth bulldozers even laying waste the land, leaving large areas of bare clay to wash away. Ugly. If our local government had given out more 'conservation easements', this wouldn't have happened...but the county wanted that property tax money to pay for all of these snotty, illigitament kids' schooling./ What liberals don't realize is that many of there concepts greatly harm the environment.