Reporting on a recent House Science Committee hearing on the subject of extraterrestrial life, Dvorsky declares that "[t]he ensuing conversation was fascinating, but at times infuriating." As evidence, he writes that when the witnesses were asked "what they considered to be the greatest danger to life on Earth... [t]he panelists' answers included asteroids, overpopulation, and somewhat inexplicably, the quest for energy resources."
In the comments to the article, "G30rge" registered understandable perplexity:
"somewhat inexplicably, the quest for energy resources." Because drilling at the bottom of the ocean and dumping thousands of gallons of crude into the environment is inexplicable in its effect on the environment?
To which Dvorsky responded, in a fit of pique:
Yeah, I seriously doubt that's an existential threat.
One cannot make the point enough: futurology is not a mode of analysis providing foresight, it is a genre of hyperbolic corporate-military marketing to preserve or amplify (eg, "accelerating change," "technological progress," "disruption") the status quo for incumbent interests.