The real abhorrent consequence of the invention of atomic bombs is the fact that we still have them and they're spreading.
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.
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.
By adopting the control strategy, the nation's environmental program has created a built-in antagonism between environmental quality and economic growth.
The age of innocent faith in science and technology may be over.
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.
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.
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.
Earth Day 1970 was irrefutable evidence that the American people understood the environmental threat and wanted action to resolve it.
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.
All of the clean technologies are known, it's a question of simply applying them.
It is simply economically impossible to require controls that even approach zero emissions.
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.
The AEC had at its command an army of highly skilled scientists.
Environmental concern is now firmly embedded in public life: in education, medicine and law; in journalism, literature and art.
The modern assault on the environment began about 50 years ago, during and immediately after World War II.