31 Total Quotes

Barry Commoner Quotes

If you can see the light at the end of the tunnel, you are looking the wrong way.
Barry Commoner
#American Scientist #Light

The first law of ecology is that everything is related to everything else.
Barry Commoner
#American Scientist #Ecology

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.
Barry Commoner
#American Scientist

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.
Barry Commoner
#American Scientist

By adopting the control strategy, the nation's environmental program has created a built-in antagonism between environmental quality and economic growth.
Barry Commoner
#American Scientist

Earth Day 1970 was irrefutable evidence that the American people understood the environmental threat and wanted action to resolve it.
Barry Commoner
#American Scientist

Environmental concern is now firmly embedded in public life: in education, medicine and law; in journalism, literature and art.
Barry Commoner
#American Scientist

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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#American Scientist

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.
Barry Commoner
#American Scientist

It is simply economically impossible to require controls that even approach zero emissions.
Barry Commoner
#American Scientist

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.
Barry Commoner
#American Scientist

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.
Barry Commoner
#American Scientist

No action is without its side effects.
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#American Scientist

Nothing ever goes away.
Barry Commoner
#American Scientist

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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#American Scientist

The AEC had at its command an army of highly skilled scientists.
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#American Scientist

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.
Barry Commoner
#American Scientist

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.
Barry Commoner
#American Scientist

The environmental crisis is a global problem, and only global action will resolve it.
Barry Commoner
#American Scientist

The methods that EPA introduced after 1970 to reduce air-pollutant emissions worked for a while, but over time have become progressively less effective.
Barry Commoner
#American Scientist

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

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.
Barry Commoner
#American Scientist

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.
Barry Commoner
#American Scientist

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.
Barry Commoner
#American Scientist

There is nothing new about national policies on major social interests such as education or labor - or, for that matter, the environment.
Barry Commoner
#American Scientist

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.
Barry Commoner
#American Scientist

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.
Barry Commoner
#American Scientist

When the Committee for Nuclear Information was organized in St. Louis in 1958, we brought scientists and civic-minded citizens together.
Barry Commoner
#American Scientist