CBR Brutha, Sorry for the rant, I didn't mean to be insulting (actually I did, sorry I'm a prick).
GreenNinja.. scientists can have potty mouths too and how the hell do you know what I look like? Was that you peeking in the bathroom window last night while I was in the shower? Sick bastard!.
Let me try to explain myself in a (slightly more) civil manner. I am a hydrogeologist (a geologist who specializes in the study of groundwater). I work for an environmental consulting firm and I spend every working day finding, tracking, evaluating, and trying to remediate (clean up) contaminated soil and groundwater, so don't tell me it doesn't exist. When contaminants (radionuclides, volatile organic compounds, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, pesticides, herbicides, Polychlorinated Biphenyls, Phenols, esters, ethers, chlorinated solvents, metals, inorganic compounds, etc. get into the soil and groundwater they don't just disappear, they render that media useless for consumption by human, animal, and flora. If that is not destroying, I don't know what is. Eventually (not in your lifetime), the earth could biologically and chemically breakdown the contaminants if we stopped polluting, but we don't (degradation time varies by chemical so if you are really that interested, look it up yourself) so the natural degradation processes can't keep up.
Let me pose this question to you, if pollution presents no problems than why are there laws prohibiting it? why are there places where nothing grows and nothing lives? I have some property in Chernobyl to sell, you interested?. You know, just because it doesn't affect you directly (and it does, you just to myopic to realize it) doesn't mean it is not a problem.
I guess, technically, I agree with the statement that we are not destroying the earth. We are destroying ourselves. The earth will be here a long time after our arrogant race is gone.
Don't believe me, I don't care. Keep listening to Rush Limblow and keep polluting, it's job security for me!
Last edited by Munch; 04-27-2001 at 11:23 AM.