That said, I'm not sure what the point of declaring allies and enemies is: MS et al are going to do what they want to do regardless of whether I am optimistic or skeptical about their intentions.
It just makes you look like reactionary nutjobs, and by the time you're proven right, people will have forgotten you said anything or will actually blame you for failing to convince them.
FTFY. As far as reactionaries go, "don't fuck it up" is probably the safer of the two than "Aw, you crazy environmentalists, saying the sky is falling, IT'LL NEVER BE A PROBLEM!" which is all too prevalent.
We're just discovering these freshwater reserves, and you appear to state for a fact that we need not be concerned about messing them up? Based on what exactly? TFA states they were made hundreds of thousands of years ago and are not being replenished, so there's no reason to believe there's a maintenance mechanism. Salinity affects temperature uptake, I've seen papers suggesting that the oceans are buffering a lot of the climate change effect. If we disturb these things and the temperature increase increases, that's pretty stupid. Salinity affects currents too. If the Great garbage patch begins to wash ashore rather than be collected in a dead zone, that's going to really fuck things up.
I don't have any idea how realistic any of that is, but neither does anyone else. Caution should be the default, not "what can possibly go wrong?"
The time frame might be too long, especially if you're planning on not being around longer than 10 years, but we're not totally fucked permanently ever. Remember that we've had a two party system basically the whole time this country has been around, and the constitution has been shit on much more thoroughly than it has after 9/11. For that matter, the constitution itself had some shit baked right into it from the start, we managed to improve upon parts of it. That's not to say things are good today, just that they've been much worse and we've recovered from it.
They're doing a good job. Why are we knocking them with the comparisons to fake sports? Simple elitism?
In seriousness, I disagree. At least not to the extent of nuclear physics. Look at DIY bio research.