When a million barrels of "crude" per day are pumped from below ground into the air, where does it go?
A kindergarten kid might tell you that it goes everywhere the wind blows. Advanced physicists will say the same thing in a different way. It is fundamental law of classical physics that matter is neither created or destroyed in an isolated system like spaceship earth. It remains "somewhere" in the system.
Anthropogenic (human caused) environmental change is not even a question based upon what advanced science knows, what a child understands, and what is measured.
Atmospheric carbon is measurable and is measured. The results agree with intuition and physics.
Humans using "smoke from the pit" for energy have predictably and measurably caused an environmental change to the tune of a 40% increase in atmospheric carbon from 1960 to the present day. While the effects may be questioned (warming, cooling, changed weather patterns), the results are only disputable in small degree.
If "advanced" societies used salt for energy and increased salinity in the oceans as a result, to the tune of 40% increase in ocean salinity, the denial patter would likely be the same.
Some would say nature is beyond human control, salt levels are a natural balance. Some would say it is a good thing because the oceans might otherwise some day run out of salt. Etc.
But an increase of 40% would raise ocean salinity from 3.5% which has sustained diverse life for eons, to almost 5% which is not survivable for many species.
Wake the folk up. Lobby your elected representatives. Tell them it is well past time to revoke the law of conservation of matter. Their actions could make all the difference, and our actions need not change.
"Buckminster Fuller said that spaceship earth was so ingeniously designed that no one has a clue that we are on one, flying through the universe at a million miles per hour, with no need for seatbelts, lots of room in coach, and really good food—but all that is changing." Paul Hawken