Well, I have waded through all 22 pages of this discussion. I thank-you posters who have kept the thread alive. As with previous commenters, I found the contributions educational -- which is the most important part. Yes, it is work sorting through the more heated sections, but no more so than usual.
Grand Sweeping Generalization Alert
For the sake of the generations to come, let us hope that the current generation has the courage to examine our biases and reverse the pressures we as a species have imposed on the natural world.
Our history as a species is to deploy technology first for our benefit and damn everyone and everything else. We just assume if we can get away with it, have gotten away with it, that it's fine. We even have a saying, "Possession is 9/10ths of the law." It's been that way until only very recently -- by which I mean millenia versus the environmental awakening in the 1950s. (Yes, I'm leaving out indigenous cultures .. but let's set that to the side, ok?)
There is some hope. We have recently (the last 20 years) begun to invest in the science to know if current remediation methods used by industry even work. That's doing it ass backwards, but at least it's something.
I would ask those commenters who want scientists like Alex Morton to be proven 100% correct first (nor ever lied or exaggerated) to consider that basic human bias. That is the uphill battle for anyone who says, "Stop!" in the face of industry and government.