Strange that astronomers are fired up about looking for life around the galaxy. There is plenty of it around here.
Nancy Pelosi said: “We have to pass it, to find out what’s in it.” A Doctor called to a radio show & said: "That's the definition of a stool sample"
"Under my plan of a cap-and-trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket," Barack Obama January 2008
Given our lingering colonial values, I hope we don't find ET anytime soon, unless they are equal to or greater than us. Humans are not mature enough as a species to treat other life with respect and care.
As the article says, the conditions exist that life here on Earth could have developed so there's every chance that life did so on those. If you observe life on Earth, life has developed, against all odds in and with amazing adaptations, in every single extreme environment that exists, except a vacuum.
“When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.” - P. J. O’Rourke
“Socialism is great until you run out of someone elses money” Margaret Thatcher