Quotes by Barry Commoner

Barry Commoner

Barry Commoner

American cellular biologist, college professor, and politician

Alive from: 1917-2012

Category: Politics | Science

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    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.
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    The environmental crisis is a global problem, and only global action will resolve it.
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    The first law of ecology is that everything is related to everything else.
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    The First Law of Ecology: Everything Is Connected to Everything Else.... The Second Law of Ecology: Everything Must Go Somewhere.... The Third Law of Ecology: Nature Knows Best.... The Fourth Law of Ecology: There Is No Such Thing as a Free Lunch.
    Source: The Closing Circle
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    The methods that EPA introduced after 1970 to reduce air-pollutant emissions worked for a while, but over time have become progressively less effective.
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    The modern assault on the environment began about 50 years ago, during and immediately after World War II.
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    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.
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    The peak of the campaign happened in Albuquerque, where a local reporter said to me, Dr. Commoner, are you a serious candidate or are you just running on the issues?
    Source: Quoted in Thomas Vinciguerra, At 90, an Environmentalist From the 70s Still Has Hope, The New York Times (2007-06-19}
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    The real abhorrent consequence of the invention of atomic bombs is the fact that we still have them and they're spreading.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    What is needed now is a transformation of the major systems of production more profound than even the sweeping post-World War II changes in production technology.
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    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.
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    When you fully understand the situation, it is worse than you think.
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