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Barry Commoner Quotes

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

Related topics: Environmental

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

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

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

 

Nothing ever goes away.
- Barry Commoner

No action is without its side effects.
- Barry Commoner

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

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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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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 is a global problem,
and only global action will resolve it.
- 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

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

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

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

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 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

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.

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Social progress can be measured
by the social position of the female sex.
- Karl Marx
(German philosopher and political economist
whose ideas are credited as the foundation of modern communism)

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

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

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

It is a Modern day, and these times need Modern solutions to Modern problems.
- Corin Nemec

Nobody in America, in the modern generation,
has read their mythology or legends.
- Kenneth Anger

The contribution of Islam to history and modern civilization
is the product of the efforts of peoples of many races
and tongues which came to accept its way of life.
- Aly Khan

I think there is a way to be formal and elegant and classy,
but more modern.
Brad Pitt has been changing it, and Will Smith has
been doing it in his own way.
- Steven Cojocaru

When modern writers gave up telling stories,
they gave up the greatest thing we had.
- Howard Nemerov

I don't understand what modern clothes are about at all.
- Julie Harris

It would be flattering to call it a modern Dirty Harry,
but I think this film deals more with the loss of his
wife than the traditional revenge vigilante films.
- Vin Diesel

A modern civilization is only possible when it is accepted
that singular beings exist and express themselves freely.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

I would have to challenge the term, modern dance.
I don't really use that term in relation to my work.
I simply think of it as dancing.
I think of it as moving.
- Twyla Tharp

The real trouble with war (modern war) is that it gives
no one a chance to kill the right people.
- Ezra Pound

He can develop sense and style, in the manner of distinguished modern prose,
in which event he may be sure that the result will
not fall into any objective form.
- John C. Ransom

It does not seem that the contradiction which exists
between the aristocratic function of art and the democratic
structure of modern society can ever be resolved.
- Herbert Read

The argument of the broken window pane is the most
valuable argument in modern politics.
- Emmeline Pankhurst

Modern politics today requires a mastery of television.
I've never really warmed up to television and,
in fairness to television, it's never warmed up to me.
- Walter F. Mondale

Chicago is the product of modern capitalism,
and, like other great commercial centers,
is unfit for human habitation.
- Eugene V. Debs

Modern instruments were designed to throw sound all in one direction.
- Marc Ribot

The printing press is either the greatest blessing
or the greatest curse of modern times,
sometimes one forgets which it is.
- E. F. Schumacher

Insurance - an ingenious modern game of chance in which
the player is permitted to enjoy the comfortable conviction
that he is beating the man who keeps the table.
- Ambrose Bierce

What distinguishes modern art from the art of other ages is criticism.
- Octavio Paz

High and low culture come together in all Post Modern art,
and American poetry is not excluded from this.
- Diane Wakoski

The best thing about modern living is anaesthesia.
- Meg Ryan

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 has been claimed at times that our modern age of
technology facilitates dictatorship.
- Henry A. Wallace

Most modern stuff I hear kinda sucks,
someone should turn me onto something good,
fast!
- Jim Diamond

No idea is so antiquated that it was not once modern.
No idea is so modern that it will not someday be antiquated.
- Ellen Glasgow


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