Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Barry Commoner

American Biologist, College Professor, Editor and Eco-Socialist. He ran for president of the United States in the 1980 on the Citizens Party ticket

"Despite the dazzling successes of modern technology and the unprecedented power of modern military systems, they suffer from a common and catastrophic fault. While providing us with a bountiful supply of food, with great industrial plants, with high-speed transportation, and with military weapons of unprecedented power, they threaten our very survival."

"Air pollution is not merely a nuisance and a threat to health. It is a reminder that our most celebrated technological achievements - the automobile, the jet plane, the power plant, industry in general, and indeed the modern city itself - are, in the environment, failures."

"Nothing ever goes away."

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

"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. "

"No action is without its side effects. "