Why struggle with rearranging the diversity we have now unless we are willing to divert our economy from one of war, greed and growth into a carbon-free lifestyle? Unless we make an all out assault to educate the global community of our precarious predicament, we are just dreaming in hypotheticals. Fifty percent of our own literate citizens do not even believe in global warming.
They need to provide him with protection and take these threats seriously. As a retired scientist that worked on endagered species issues, I know how crazy folks can get and how they target scientists. We used to have to bring in state and federal law enforcement to protect staff at public meetings because of death threats. Even at hearings before the State Fish and Game Commission. Track down these creeps and prosecute to the full extent of the law!
Don't try to pretend this isn't wrong. For whatever it's worth, I'm an active-duty infantryman and an Afghanistan vet, and not only would I never let my soldiers do this, I would flip shit if I found out they did. Any efforts to explain this away is self-delusion and shilling. Seven guys died in my battalion during the year we were there, including one of my best friends, and we never pissed on any dead Afghans. This is going to get a lot of unconnected people hurt, and that makes me really, really upset.
I live in Southern California and in 2002 my husband and I decided to buy a house. Our mortgage is $1800 a month for a lovely four-bedroom ranch home in a decent neighborhood. Our daughter and her husband are paying almost $2400 a month for a two-bedroom apartment in a decent neighborhood. I don't know how anyone does it anymore. We never desired to buy a house because of all the hassles that seemed associated with it. And we were right, it is a hassle of sorts. The toilet acts up? Call the landlord...er...the plumber at $120 an hour. But, because rents kept increasing, it was the only way to ensure that the monthly cost would be consistent. Funny that our mortgage ended up being only $200 a month more than our rent at the time (this includes our property taxes). I'm just happy that I don't have to deal with rents anymore!
I have noticed a similar problem out west, in Colorado and New Mexico, two places I've been visiting since the early eighties. The lodge pole and pinon pine trees are not doing well, and everyone admits is global warming.