Barry Commoner

Born: May 28, 1917

Die: September 30, 2012

Occupation: Biologist

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Barry Commoner

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...

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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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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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The first law of ecology is that everything is related to everything else.

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We are in an environmental crisis which threatens the survival of this nation, and of the world as a suitable place of human habitation.

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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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Environmental pollution is an incurable disease. It can only be prevented.

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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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I see no reason to have my shirts ironed. It's irrational.

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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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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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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...

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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...

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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.

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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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The modern assault on the environment began about 50 years ago, during and immediately after World War II.

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World War II had a very important impact on the development of technology, as a whole.

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It is simply economically impossible to require controls that even approach zero emissions.

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Recycling is a good thing to do. It makes people feel good to do it. The thing I want to emphasize is the vast difference between recycling for the purpose of feeling good and recycling for the purpose...

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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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Everything is connected to everything else. Everything must go somewhere. Nature knows best. There is no such thing as a free lunch. If you don't put something in the ecology, it's not there.

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The proper use of science is not to conquer nature but to live in it.

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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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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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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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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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Sooner or later, wittingly or unwittingly, we must pay for every intrusion on the natural environment.

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The first law of ecology is that everything is related to everything else.---->I dont believe in environmentalism as the solution to anything. What I believe is that environmentalism illuminates the things...

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In nature, no organic substance is synthesized unless there is provision for its degradation; recycling is enforced.

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Despite the dazzling successes of modern technology and the unprecedented power of modern military systems, they suffer from a common and catastrophic fault. While providing us with a bountiful supply...

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