This may be my first and last post in undercurrent's forum - after subscribing for something like a decade.
My opinions about the new paganism of "Earth worship" aside, let's get some perspective:
1. The existence of humans - and more so, the existence of industrial technology - is a negligible blip on the timeline measuring the age of Earth.
2. Acknowledged, that in the few decades (an even smaller blip) at the beginning of the Industrial Age (less than two centuries old), industrialists were ignorant and/or careless about the effects of their growth on the planet.
3. This approximately 100-year period was maybe 1% of the time it took for the Earth to recover from the last Ice Age.
4. There is ABSOLUTELY no room for ANY business concern (at least in this country) to promote its business at the expense of the environment. It can't happen. There are no Mom-and-Pops drilling in the ocean.
5. I'm not a scientist or even environmentalist, but this has been evident to me since my childhood growing up on the Texas coast. Everywhere west of the Mississippi gets whatever garbage, silt, seaweed, jellyfish and everything else undesirable for recreation along the beaches. Go a few hundred miles east, say to Gulf Shores, AL, or Pensacola, FL, and it's a whole new universe. I don't know why this is but guess it has something to do with natural ocean currents; or maybe that the Texas coast is an obvious toilet bowl - just look at a map. I simply don't understand the draw to any beach in Texas. It's ugly, the water is brown-green, and so salty you'll throw up if you accidentally get a mouthful.
6. YET... Just go a few miles offshore, where the big, bad, evil big cooperation is responsibly producing energy that the country needs, paying the cost for environmental compliance, staying out of your backyard with their loud machinery and roughnecks, and you find WHAT? A NEW reef! Not a reef that took millions of years to grow, but one that took a couple of decades!
Heck, I vote for more offshore drilling!