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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…
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…
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.
The AEC scientists were so narrowly focused on arming the United States for nuclear war that they failed to perceive facts – even widely known…
The methods that EPA introduced after 1970 to reduce air-pollutant emissions worked for a while, but over time have become progressively less effective.
My entry into the environmental arena was through the issue that so dramatically – and destructively – demonstrates the link between science and social action:…
I don’t believe in environmentalism as the solution to anything. What I believe is that environmentalism illuminates the things that need to be done to…
Environmental quality was drastically improved while economic activity grew by the simple expedient of removing lead from gasoline – which prevented it from entering the…
The real abhorrent consequence of the invention of atomic bombs is the fact that we still have them and they’re spreading.
By adopting the control strategy, the nation’s environmental program has created a built-in antagonism between environmental quality and economic growth.
What I have experienced over time is that environmental problems are easier to deal with in ways that don’t go into their interconnections to the…
The major source of photochemical smog – petroleum-fueled vehicles – can be replaced by emission-free electric vehicles.
Nothing ever goes away.
It is simply economically impossible to require controls that even approach zero emissions.
In certain ways, I’m not very different than I was when I was a teenager.
World War II had a very important impact on the development of technology, as a whole.
The AEC had at its command an army of highly skilled scientists.
As the earth spins through space, a view from above the North Pole would encompass most of the wealth of the world – most of…
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…
When you fully understand the situation, it is worse than you think.
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