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The modern assault on the environment began about 50 years ago,
by Barry Commoner

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

Related topics: Environmental

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

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

When you fully understand the situation,
it is worse than you think.
- Barry Commoner

 

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

No action is without its side effects.
- Barry Commoner

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

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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.
- Barry Commoner

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

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

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

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

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

Seen that way, the wholesale transformation of production
technologies that is mandated by pollution prevention
creates a new surge of economic development.
- Barry Commoner

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

The AEC had at its command an army of highly skilled scientists.
- Barry Commoner

Nothing ever goes away.
- Barry Commoner

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

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.
- Barry Commoner

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

People who work together will win,
whether it be against complex football defenses,
or the problems of modern society.
- Vince Lombardi

Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world
that we must love our enemies - or else?
The chain reaction of evil -
hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars -
must be broken, or else we shall be plunged
into the dark abyss of annihilation.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Modern cynics and skeptics... see no harm in paying those
to whom they entrust the minds of their children
a smaller wage than is paid to those to whom
they entrust the care of their plumbing.
- John F. Kennedy

Half of the modern drugs could well be thrown out of the window,
except that the birds might eat them.
- Martin Henry Fischer

In modern business it is not the crook who is to be feared most,
it is the honest man who doesn't know what he is doing.
- William Wordsworth

Rome has not seen a modern building in more than half a century.
It is a city frozen in time.
- Richard Meier

The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's
oldest exercises in moral philosophy;
that is,
the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

Your modern teenager is not about to listen to advice from an old person,
defined as a person who remembers when there was no Velcro.
- Dave Barry

Modern people are only willing to believe in their computers,
while I believe in myself.
- Alain Robert

The place of the father in the modern suburban family is a very small one,
particularly if he plays golf.
- Bertrand Russell

Fathers in today's modern families can be so many things.
- Oliver Hudson

Modern art is what happens when painters stop looking
at girls and persuade themselves that they have a better idea.
- John Ciardi

Modern medicine is a negation of health.
It isn't organized to serve human health,
but only itself, as an institution.
It makes more people sick than it heals.
- Ivan Illich

The attempt to redefine the family as a purely voluntary
arrangement grows out of the modern delusion that people
can keep all their options open all the time.
- Christopher Lasch

The history of modern art is also the history of the
progressive loss of art's audience.
Art has increasingly become the concern of the artist
and the bafflement of the public.
- Paul Gauguin

In modern war...
you will die like a dog for no good reason.
- Ernest Hemingway

One of the most feared expressions in modern times
is 'The computer is down.'
- Norman Ralph Augustine

Academe, n.: An ancient school where morality and philosophy were taught.
Academy, n.: A modern school where football is taught.
- Ambrose Bierce

The modern work of art, as I have said,
is a symbol.
- Herbert Read

The Italian gangster thing has become a form of the modern-day Western.
- Armand Assante

The modern artist must live by craft and violence.
His gods are violent gods.
Those artists, so called, whose work does not show this strife,
are uninteresting.
- Ezra Pound

Memorials become relics if they do not stir our modern conscience.
- Henry Waxman

There's this expression called postmodernism,
which is kind of silly, and destroys a perfectly good word called modern,
which now no longer means anything.
- Twyla Tharp

It is not hard to understand modern art.
If it hangs on a wall it's a painting,
and if you can walk around it it's a sculpture.
- Tom Stoppard

Revolution in the modern case is no longer an uncouth business.
- Garet Garrett

It was my Uncle George who discovered that alcohol
was a food well in advance of modern medical thought.
- P. G. Wodehouse

Conservatives have no understanding of modern capitalism.
They have a distorted understanding of the traditional
values they claim to defend.
- Christopher Lasch

I was partly old-fashioned and partly modern.
- Eric Allin Cornell

However, we might oppose it, abortion is a sad feature of modern life.
- Robert Casey

In 2005 we have a once in a generation opportunity
to deliver a modern Marshall plan for the developing world.
- Gordon Brown

Modern dancing is old fashioned.
- Samuel Goldwyn

Modern education has devoted itself to the teaching of impudence,
and then we complain that we can no longer control our mobs.
- John Ruskin

I don't listen to much modern composition.
- Colin Greenwood

Most of modern rock and roll is a product of guilt.
- Don Van Vliet

The modern computer hovers between the obsolescent and the nonexistent.
- Sydney Brenner

Art cannot be modern.
Art is primordially eternal.
- Egon Schiele

If we look to the history of other nations,
ancient or modern, we find no example of a growth so rapid,
so gigantic, of a people so prosperous and happy.
- James Monroe

With the help of modern technology, I can compose intricate
keyboard parts and then I have to go back and learn
them in order to perform them properly.
- Geddy Lee

Information is the oxygen of the modern age.
It seeps through the walls topped by barbed wire,
it wafts across the electrified borders.
- Ronald Reagan

Music is neither old nor modern: it is either good or bad music,
and the date at which it was written has no significance whatever.
- Peter Warlock

Modern thought has transferred the spectral character
of Death to the notion of time itself.
Time has become Death triumphant over all.
- John Berger

Modern culture is constantly growing more objective.
Its tissues grow more and more out of impersonal energies,
and absorb less and less the subjective entirety of the individual.
- Georg Simmel

The party at its best has always been a modern party.
- Francis Maude

We didn't reinvent the circus.
We repackaged it in a much more modern way.
- Guy Laliberte


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