Barry Commoner Quotes


26 Barry Commoner quotes:



"Earth Day 1970 was irrefutable evidence that the American people understood the environmental threat and wanted action to resolve it."
"Environmental concern is now firmly embedded in public life: in education, medicine and law; in journalism, literature and art."
"As the earth spins through space, a view from above the North Pole would encompass most of the wealth of the world - most of its food, productive machines, doctors, engineers and teachers. A view from the opposite pole would encompass most of the world's poor."
"By adopting the control strategy, the nation's environmental program has created a built-in antagonism between environmental quality and economic growth."
"Environmental quality was drastically improved while economic activity grew by the simple expedient of removing lead from gasoline - which prevented it from entering the environment."
"In every case, the environmental hazards were made known only by independent scientists, who were often bitterly opposed by the corporations responsible for the hazards."
"It is simply economically impossible to require controls that even approach zero emissions."
"It reflects a prevailing myth that production technology is no more amenable to human judgment or social interests than the laws of thermodynamics, atomic structure or biological inheritance."
"My entry into the environmental arena was through the issue that so dramatically - and destructively - demonstrates the link between science and social action: nuclear weapons."
"No action is without its side effects."
"Nothing ever goes away."
"Seen that way, the wholesale transformation of production technologies that is mandated by pollution prevention creates a new surge of economic development."
"The AEC had at its command an army of highly skilled scientists."
"The environmental crisis arises from a fundamental fault: our systems of production - in industry, agriculture, energy and transportation - essential as they are, make people sick and die."
"The environmental crisis is a global problem, and only global action will resolve it."
"The methods that EPA introduced after 1970 to reduce air-pollutant emissions worked for a while, but over time have become progressively less effective."
"The most meaningful engine of change, powerful enough to confront corporate power, may be not so much environmental quality, as the economic development and growth associated with the effort to improve it."
"The wave of new productive enterprises would provide opportunities to remedy the unjust distribution of environmental hazards among economic classes and racial and ethnic communities."
"The weapons were conceived and created by a small band of physicists and chemists; they remain a cataclysmic threat to the whole of human society and the natural environment."
"There is nothing new about national policies on major social interests such as education or labor - or, for that matter, the environment."



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