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"If you can see the light at the end of the tunnel, you are looking the wrong way."

Barry Commoner

Born: May 28, 1917

Die: September 30, 2012

Occupation: Biologist

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

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Politicians are people who, when they see light at the end of the tunnel, go out and buy some more tunnel.

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The light you see at the end of the tunnel is the front of an oncoming train.

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John Hurt

Also the wonderful thing about film, you can see light at the end of the tunnel. You did realize that it is going to come to an end at some stage.

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Steven Tyler

Seems like the light at the end of the tunnel may be you.

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James Russell Lowell

If we see light at the end of the tunnel, it's the light of the oncoming train.

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Cam Newton

I see the light at the end of the tunnel, so I'm going hard.

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David Allen

There is a light at the end of the tunnel, but the way out is through.

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Seth Godin

Persistent people are able to visualize the idea of light at the end of the tunnel when others can't see it

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Brian Robertson

Some days are better than others ... It's been a long journey, but we're starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel now.

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The test of character is not persistence when you expect a light at the end of the tunnel. The true test is performance and persistence when you see no light coming.

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Well... I still can't see the light at the end of the tunnel. These politicians are such sleazebags that you just don't know. You can't really get anything from a lot of them once they get into power....

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Stuart Pearce

I can see the carrot at the end of the tunnel.

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Terry Pratchett

He'd been wrong, there was a light at the end of the tunnel, and it was a flamethrower.

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Dana Reeve

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Harrison Ford

Some actors couldn't figure out how to withstand the constant rejection. They couldn't see the light at the end of the tunnel.

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Poetry is the tunnel at the end of the light.

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