Robert over at smalldeadanimals sent an excellent letter to Charles Adler this week. I recommend it to all.
I too work in one of the industries the eco-nuts hate – I have spent my nearly 20 year career designing facilities that either extract petroleum from the earth, refine it into the fuels we use, or transform it into the chemicals and plastics that our modern society would collapse without. Like Robert, I have met many people who shake their heads and ask how I can work in such an “unethical industry”. I have answered similarly to Robert – do these people know how substantially the lifestyle they enjoy depends on exactly these industries? And they have no idea how much time and money is spent trying to minimize the environmental impacts of such development?