Environmental pollution is an incurable disease. It can only be prevented.
The first law of ecology is that everything is related to everything else.
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.
If you can see the light at the end of the tunnel, you are looking the wrong way.
The age of innocent faith in science and technology may be over.
Environmental concern is now firmly embedded in public life: in education, medicine and law; in journalism, literature and art.
If you ask what you are going to do about global warming, the only rational answer is to change the way in which we do transportation, energy production, agriculture and a good deal of manufacturing. The problem originates in human activity in the form of the production of goods.
Earth Day 1970 was irrefutable evidence that the American people understood the environmental threat and wanted action to resolve it.
I see no reason to have my shirts ironed. It's irrational.
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.
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.
There is no such thing as a free lunch.
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.
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.
Seen that way, the wholesale transformation of production technologies that is mandated by pollution prevention creates a new surge of economic development.
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