RE: Do you know a quick path to turning the world brown and dead? Get rid of the CO2 in the atmosphere.
Life is made of carbon compounds. The shrill argument that carbon is somehow anti-life is absurd.
There are sound arguments against any industry which pulls large amounts of substance from the ground and into the air and water. These arguments apply to all things mined on a large scale such as mercury, lead, salt along with fossil fuels.
I know the importance of the salt cycle in the oceans. Salt plays a huge role in regulating life. I find it absurd that our government mines salt and dumps it on roads. The stuff corrodes the rebar in metal bridges and seems to radically change the vegetation growing alongside highways.
I support conservation. We should be attentive to what we consume. The conservation doesn't just apply to one silly thing. Conservation is part of the process of optimizing the return we receive from the resources on this planet.
Of course, the radical left is not really interested optimizing resources. Modern environmentalism is about using opposition to gain political control.
The scientific argument is that humanity should think seriously about any process which pulls a large amount of sequestered materials from the ground and into our air and water.