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All Quotes by author - Barry Commoner
" 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. "
" All of the clean technologies are known, it's a question of simply applying them. "
" 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 concern is now firmly embedded in public life: in education, medicine and law; in journalism, literature and art. "
" Environmental pollution is an incurable disease. It can only be prevented. "
" I don't believe in environmentalism as the solution to anything. What I believe is that environmentalism illuminates the things that need to be done to solve all of the problems together. "
" If you ask what you are going to do about global warming, the only rational answer is to change the way in which we do transportation, energy production, agriculture and a good deal of manufacturing. The problem originates in human activity in the form of the production of goods. "
" If you can see the light at the end of the tunnel, you are looking the wrong way. "
" 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. "
" I see no reason to have my shirts ironed. It's irrational. "
" 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. "
" 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 AEC scientists were so narrowly focused on arming the United States for nuclear war that they failed to perceive facts - even widely known ones - that were outside their limited field of vision. "
" The age of innocent faith in science and technology may be over. "
" 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 first law of ecology is that everything is related to everything else. "
" The modern assault on the environment began about 50 years ago, during and immediately after World War II. "
" 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. "
" There is no such thing as a free lunch. "
" 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. "
" What I have experienced over time is that environmental problems are easier to deal with in ways that don't go into their interconnections to the rest of what we are. "
" World War II had a very important impact on the development of technology, as a whole. "
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