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Jobs/economic growth vs. protecting species

How do we balance it? Unfortunately what is good for the economy: fossil fuel production, factories, farming, housing development. Is bad for our environment. More specifically it's bad for our fellow species survival.

So how do we strike a balance?

A current debate in the U.S.A is the Keystone pipeline that would transport heavy oil from the Canadian tar sands.

If one does not believe there should be any limitation on development of the earth than please explain ethically why humans may do with the earth whatever it chooses.

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  • Jul 8 2013: So I won't go into the specifics of the whole environment stuff but I want to ask you a simple question. Why do you want to save the environment so bad? we never damage it to the point that it damages us so why should we care?
    • Jul 9 2013: Charles,

      Check out theguardian.com environment for the many articles about species being lost and value of biodiversity. Also you can familiarize yourself with importance of biodiversity by checking out what the UN says about biodiversity. National Geographic is another choice.

      I would remind you that the majority of our wealth comes from biodiversity: medicines, foods, cosmetics, materials, pollination, air quality, water filtration.. the list can go on.

      Not only do we have no right to drive species to extinction, we have economic incentives to keep the diversity on this planet.

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