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Barry Commoner Quotes and Sayings

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

Related topics: Environmental

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Nothing ever goes away.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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 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

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

Pushing production out of America to nations without
our environmental standards increases global environmental risks.
- Frank Murkowski

We learned that economic growth and environmental protection
can and should go hand in hand.
- Christopher Dodd

Under the Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star Program,
homes are independently verified to be measurably more
energy efficient than average houses.
- Melissa Bean

I think Captain Cousteau might be the father of the environmental movement.
- Ted Turner

For me, going vegan was an ethical and environmental decision.
I'm doing the right thing by the animals.
- Alexandra Paul

People in Slow Food understand that food is an environmental issue.
- Michael Pollan

The Endangered Species Act is the strongest and most
effective tool we have to repair the environmental
harm that is causing a species to decline.
- Norm Dicks

There is no place where we can safely store worn-out
reactors or their garbage.
No place!
- David R. Brower

Within 10 years it will be impossible to travel to
the North Pole by dog team.
There will be too much open water.
- Will Steger

It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment.
- Ansel Adams

If we gave up eating beef we would have roughly 20
to 30 times more land for food than we have now.
- James Lovelock

Journey with me to a true commitment to our environment.
Journey with me to the serenity of leaving to our children a planet in equilibrium.
- Paul Tsongas

The only way forward, if we are going to improve the
quality of the environment,
is to get everybody involved.
- Richard Rogers

Unless we keep this planet healthy, everything else is for naught.
- Victoria Principal

Birds are indicators of the environment.
If they are in trouble, we know we'll soon be in trouble.
- Roger Tory Peterson

Maintaining healthy forests is essential to those who
make a living from the land and for those of us who
use them for recreational purposes.
- Cathy McMorris

I don't think we're going to save anything if we go
around talking about saving plants and animals only;
we've got to translate that into what's in it for us.
- Jim Fowler

I can find God in nature, in animals,
in birds and the environment.
- Pat Buckley

We don't have to sacrifice a strong economy for a healthy environment.
- Dennis Weaver

I firmly believe that we can have a healthy environment
and a sustainable timber industry.
- Frank Murkowski

When we realize we can make a buck cleaning up the environment,
it will be done!
- Dennis Weaver

Nuclear power will help provide the electricity that
our growing economy needs without increasing emissions.
This is truly an environmentally responsible source of energy.
- Michael Burgess

The government should set a goal for a clean environment
but not mandate how that goal should be implemented.
- Dixie Lee Ray

They claim this mother of ours, the Earth,
for their own use, and fence their neighbors away from her,
and deface her with their buildings and their refuse.
- Sitting Bull

Population, when unchecked, goes on doubling itself
every 25 years or increases in a geometrical ratio.
- Thomas Malthus

I see humanity now as one vast plant,
needing for its highest fulfillment only love,
the natural blessings of the great outdoors,
and intelligent crossing and selection.
- Luther Burbank

In today's world, it is no longer unimaginable to think
that business can operate -
and even thrive -
in an environmentally-friendly manner.
- Olympia Snowe

If you violate Nature's laws you are your own prosecuting attorney,
judge, jury, and hangman.
- Luther Burbank

Environmental degradation, overpopulation,
refugees, narcotics, terrorism, world crime movements,
and organized crime are worldwide problems that don't
stop at a nation's borders.
- Warren Christopher

Not all is doom and gloom.
We are beginning to understand the natural world and
are gaining a reverence for life -
all life.
- Roger Tory Peterson

It seems that every time mankind is given a lot of energy,
we go out and wreck something with it.
- David R. Brower

Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land.
- Aldo Leopold

No one should be able to enter a wilderness by mechanical means.
- Garrett Hardin

By polluting clear water with slime you will never
find good drinking water.
- Aeschylus

When a man wantonly destroys one of the works of man we call him a vandal.
When he destroys one of the works of god we call him a sportsman.
- Joseph Wood Krutch

Why has it seemed that the only way to protect the
environment is with heavy-handed government regulation?
- Gale Norton

Every time I have some moment on a seashore,
or in the mountains, or sometimes in a quiet forest,
I think this is why the environment has to be preserved.
- Bill Bradley

All is connected...
no one thing can change by itself.
- Paul Hawken

Industry is fortune's right hand, and frugality its left.
- John Ray

If we do not permit the earth to produce beauty and joy,
it will in the end not produce food,
either.
- Joseph Wood Krutch

In a finite world this means that the per capita share
of the world's goods must steadily decrease.
- Garrett Hardin

Harmony with land is like harmony with a friend;
you cannot cherish his right hand and chop off his left.
- Aldo Leopold

Liberals in Congress have spent the past three decades
pandering to environmental extremists.
The policies they have put in place are in large part
responsible for the energy crunch we are seeing today.
We have not built a refinery in this country for 30 years.
- Marsha Blackburn

I think the government has to reposition environment
on top of their national and international priorities.
- Brian Mulroney


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