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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.
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.
It is simply economically impossible to require controls that even approach zero emissions.
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.
If you can see the light at the end of the tunnel, you are looking the wrong way.
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.
Environmental concern is now firmly embedded in public life: in education, medicine and law; in journalism, literature and art.
Earth Day 1970 was irrefutable evidence that the American people understood the environmental threat and wanted action to resolve it.
By adopting the control strategy, the nation's environmental program has created a built-in antagonism between environmental quality and economic growth.
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.
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.
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