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David R. Brower Quotes and Sayings

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It is absolutely imperative that we protect,
preserve and pass on this genetic heritage for man
and every other living thing in as good a condition as we received it.
- David R. Brower

Related topics: Environmental

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

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

Until four years ago, in fact, I was absolutely in love with the atom.
- David R. Brower

 

Even if you build the perfect reactor,
you're still saddled with a people problem and an equipment problem.
- David R. Brower

A great deal of pressure was then built up to remove
me from the club and my resignation was,
finally, a forced one.
- David R. Brower

When people say, 'You're not being realistic,'
they're just trying to tag some thoughts that they can't otherwise handle.
- David R. Brower

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We tried burying the waste at sea and the concrete
cannisters that held it cracked open.
- David R. Brower

We are at the edge of an abyss and we're close to being irrevocably lost.
- David R. Brower

I will say this, - though: If it is true that fusion
will put unlimited amounts of energy into our hands,
then I'm worried.
Our record on this score is extremely poor.
- David R. Brower

Perhaps we'll realize that each of us has not one vote
but ten thousand or a million.
- David R. Brower

I was actually telling people that -
by harnessing the atom -
we could enter a new era of unlimited power that would
do away with the need to dam our beautiful streams.
- David R. Brower

We've pumped waste into cavities in solid rock and
found that it spread through the rock.
- David R. Brower

I don't think we have very good records about what
they were thinking except,
as I pointed out earlier today, that they did invent our political system.
- David R. Brower

For how many people do you think might yet stand on
this planet before the sun grows cold?
That's the responsibility we hold in our hands.
- David R. Brower

Understanding how DNA transmits all it knows about cancer,
physics, dreaming and love will keep man searching for some time.
- David R. Brower

What happens when the guy who runs the reactor gets
out of bed wrong or decides,
for some reason, that he wants to override his instruction sheet some afternoon?
- David R. Brower

'Realistic' is a loaded word for me.
Anyone who uses the word 'realistic' is all bad.
- David R. Brower

Once we open the door to the plutonium economy,
we expose ourselves to absolutely terrible,
horrifying risks from these people.
- David R. Brower

It's like turning the space program over to the Long Island Railroad.
- David R. Brower

Bring diversity back to agriculture.
That's what made it work in the first place.
- David R. Brower

We've got to search back to our last known safe landmark.
I can't say exactly where, but I think it's back there
at the start of the Industrial Revolution,
we began applying energy in vast amounts to tools with
which we began tearing the environment apart.
- David R. Brower

They simply don't know that much about what they're doing.
There isn't enough control.
There isn't enough capability in ordinary people to
tinker with such a complicated piece of machinery.
- David R. Brower

Perhaps most ridiculous of all is the suggestion that
we 'keep' our radioactive garbage for the use of our descendants.
This 'solution', I think, requires an immediate poll
of the next 20,000 generations.
- David R. Brower

Apollo 13, as you may remember, gave us a reactor that
is bubbling away right now somewhere in the Pacific.
It's supposed to be bubbling away on the moon,
but it's in the Pacific Ocean instead.
- David R. Brower

I began working with the John Muir Institute and then
started helping found Friends of the Earth organizations
here and there in other countries.
That pretty well brings us up to the present.
- David R. Brower

The risk presented by these lethal wastes is like no other risk,
and we should not be expected to accept it or to project
it into the future in order for manufacturers and utilities
to make a dollar killing now.
- David R. Brower

There are many different kinds of radioactive waste
and each has its own half-life so,
just to be on the safe side and to simplify matters,
I base my calculations on the worst one and that's plutonium.
- David R. Brower

I sort of kept my hand in writing and went to work
for the Sierra Club in '52,
walked the plank there in '69, founded Friends of the
Earth and the League of Conservation Voters after that.
- David R. Brower

The more we pour the big machines, the fuel,
the pesticides, the herbicides, the fertilizer and chemicals into farming,
the more we knock out the mechanism that made it all work in the first place.
- David R. Brower

Is the minor convenience of allowing the present generation
the luxury of doubling its energy consumption every
10 years worth the major hazard of exposing the next
20,000 generations to this lethal waste?
- David R. Brower

It's very hard for me to know what to say about fusion right now,
inasmuch as it is not yet scientifically feasible.
I just can't understand how so many people are able
to predict so much about something that still isn't scientifically possible.
- David R. Brower

Yet another proposal would have us rocket the waste into the sun,
but, as you're probably aware, about one in ten of
our space shots doesn't quite make it out of the earth's gravitational field.
- David R. Brower

What's even more unsettling is the way these people
hide what they're doing from the public.
They strip the labels off miracle wheat when they ship it,
for instance, and say, 'Watch out.
Don't plant too much and don't depend on it too much.'
- David R. Brower

At that time a senator who was on the Joint Committee
of Atomic Energy said rather quietly,
'You know, we're having a little problem with waste these days.'
I didn't know what he meant then,
but I know now.
- David R. Brower

All I know about thermal pollution is that if we continue
our present rate of growth in electrical energy consumption it will simply take,
by the year 2000, all our freshwater streams to cool
the generators and reactors.
- David R. Brower

I believe that the average guy in the street will give up a great deal,
if he really understands the cost of not giving it up.
In fact, we may find that, while we're drastically
cutting our energy consumption,
we're actually raising our standard of living.
- David R. Brower

Some otherwise sane scientists have seriously proposed
that we tuck this deadly garbage under the edges of
drifting continents but how can they be sure the moving
land masses will climb over the waste and not just push it forward?
- David R. Brower

The Sierra Club is a very good and a very powerful
force for conservation and,
as a matter of fact, has grown faster since I left
than it was growing while I was there!
It must be doing something right.
- David R. Brower

Nothing is ever absolutely "wrong."
"Wrong" is in the cultural tradition of the beholder.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The true measure of a man is how he treats someone
who can do him absolutely no good.
- Samuel Johnson

The only way to deal with an unfree world
is to become so absolutely free
that your very existence is an act of rebellion.
- Albert Camus

If humanity does not opt for integrity we are through completely.
It is absolutely touch and go.
Each one of us could make the difference.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Listen to all, plucking a feather
from every passing goose,
but, follow no one absolutely.
- Chinese Proverb

Know first that you have absolutely no power to change the world,
and then address all your energies and intent toward improving it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The WORK
1.Is it true?
2.Can you absolutely know that it's true?
3.How do you react when you think that thought?
4.Who would you be without the thought?
- Byron Katie

We should meet abuse by forbearance.
Human nature is so constituted that
if we take absolutely no notice of anger or abuse,
the person indulging in it will soon weary of it and stop.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Inside most people there's a feeling of being separate,
separated from everything ... And they're not.
They're part of absolutely everyone, and everything.
- the movie Powder

There is danger that we lose sight of
what our friend is absolutely,
while considering what she is to us alone.
- Henry David Thoreau

If you are absolutely without mind,
just pure consciousness,
time stops completely,
disappears,
leaving no trace behind.
- Osho

Always remember that you are absolutely unique.
Just like everyone else.
- Margaret Mead

Women have to harness their power - its absolutely true.
It's just learning not to take the first no.
And if you can't go straight ahead, you go around the corner.
- Cher

Collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery.
- Calvin Coolidge

I have tried to know absolutely nothing about a great many things,
and I have succeeded fairly well.
- Robert Benchley

I don't doubt God. I have firm faith absolutely in God.
It's religion I'm doubting.
- Bono

Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius
and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous
than absolutely boring.
- Marilyn Monroe

I've said it before, but it's absolutely true:
My mother gave me my drive,
but my father gave me my dreams.
Thanks to him, I could see a future.
- Liza Minelli

I think it would be absolutely reckless and irresponsible
for anyone to try and break up Microsoft.
- Steve Ballmer

Like life itself my stories have no point and get absolutely nowhere.
- Thorne Smith

Not that I have any interest in saying goodbye to Rocky.
I absolutely adore being involved and a part of something
that is really a phenomenon.
- Richard O'Brien

A little sincerity is a dangerous thing,
and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.
- Oscar Wilde

It is absolutely impossible to settle the debts to pensioners,
teachers, and others.
The country hasn't got enough money to do so.
- Eduard Shevardnadze

It is absolutely impossible to transcend the laws of nature.
What can change in historically different circumstances
is only the form in which these laws expose themselves.
- Karl Marx

I'm always pleased with my work.
Absolutely.
- Tom Jenkinson

And of course, I absolutely loved making Lost in Space as a kid.
- Bill Mumy

No, absolutely not, writing doesn't have to be like a jigsaw puzzle,
it can be a very linear undertaking.
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante

The aristocracy of Western Europe has absolutely tabooed
silver in those countries and driven it away from there.
Here it finds its only resting place.
- Richard Parks Bland

If egotism means a terrific interest in one's self,
egotism is absolutely essential to efficient living.
- Arnold Bennett

All of a sudden their husband's dead and maybe a child
is dead and they have absolutely nothing -
and they're heading through the desert at night.
- Nicholas D. Kristof

First, the security and privacy of sensitive taxpayer
information is absolutely essential.
- Jim Ramstad

The English may not like music, but they absolutely love the noise it makes.
- Thomas Beecham


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