“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Some More Questions for the Wind Farm Resistance

How many lifeforms have been killed by deep water oil and gas drilling, setting aside even the accidents?

How many more lifeforms will become extinct if we keep burning fossil fuels at the current rate?

What other noncarbon options involve less risk? Nuclear? (LOL) Solar? There is plenty of resistance to how solar arrays will destroy habitats too.

Is it too horrific a compromise and too hypocritical a decision to build a wind farm rather than retain the status quo?

I'm speaking to the “harm to wildlife and habitats” people here. We are in the position of someone who knows it would be better to perform a new lifesaving operation. But the risks of the operation are better known than the risks of doing nothing, which largely went unnoticed until recently. On balance it would be best to do the operation.

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