Barry Commoner

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    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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    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.
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    By adopting the control strategy, the nation's environmental program has created a built-in antagonism between environmental quality and economic growth.
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    Earth Day 1970 was irrefutable evidence that the American people understood the environmental threat and wanted action to resolve it.
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    Environmental concern is now firmly embedded in public life: in education, medicine and law; in journalism, literature and art.
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    Environmental pollution is an incurable disease. It can only be prevented.
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    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.
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    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.
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    If you can see the light at the end of the tunnel, you are looking the wrong way.
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    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.
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    It is simply economically impossible to require controls that even approach zero emissions.
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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.
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    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.
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    Seen that way, the wholesale transformation of production technologies that is mandated by pollution prevention creates a new surge of economic development.
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    Sooner or later, wittingly or unwittingly, we must pay for every intrusion on the natural environment.
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