Barry Commoner: America's Controversial Environmentalist
A Plowboy Interview with Barry Commoner, a leader in America's original environmental movement, who argues that environmentalism has failed because it has focused on unenforced regulatory controls rather than prevention.
Ecologist Barry Commoner argues that the environmental control strategy doesn't work—instead, prevention is the only way to help.
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The first full modern flowering of American environmentalism occurred early in 1970, becoming an "official" social issue by rating cover space on Time. Unfortunately, the environmental reality is still "half-and-half."