Barry Commoner Quotes


26 Barry Commoner quotes:



"The first law of ecology is that everything is related to everything else."
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"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."
"No action is without its side effects."
"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 wave of new productive enterprises would provide opportunities to remedy the unjust distribution of environmental hazards among economic classes and racial and ethnic communities."
"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."
"When the Committee for Nuclear Information was organized in St. Louis in 1958, we brought scientists and civic-minded citizens together."
"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."
"If you can see the light at the end of the tunnel, you are looking the wrong way."
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"It is simply economically impossible to require controls that even approach zero emissions."
"Seen that way, the wholesale transformation of production technologies that is mandated by pollution prevention creates a new surge of economic development."
"The environmental crisis is a global problem, and only global action will resolve it."
"What is new is that environmentalism intensely illuminates the need to confront the corporate domain at its most powerful and guarded point - the exclusive right to govern the systems of production."
"When you fully understand the situation, it is worse than you think."
"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."
"The AEC had at its command an army of highly skilled scientists."
"The methods that EPA introduced after 1970 to reduce air-pollutant emissions worked for a while, but over time have become progressively less effective."
"After all, despite the economic advantage to firms that employed child labor, it was in the social interest, as a national policy, to abolish it - removing that advantage for all firms."



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