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Barry Commoner

The Environment and the Economy: What Works?

About Barry Commoner

Barry Commoner is a biologist, research scientist, and one of America’s most respected environmentalists. He views the current environmental crisis as a symptom of flawed economic and social systems where corporate greed, misguided government priorities, and the misuse of technology have undermined “the finely sculptured fit between life and its surroundings.” He first came to public attention in the late 1950s when he warned about the hazards of the fallout from nuclear weapons testing. He has raised public awareness about the dangers of the petrochemical industry, nuclear power, and toxic substances, and he was among the first scientists to point out that environmental hazards disproportionately hurt racial minorities and the poor.

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