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We already have the statistics for the future: the growth percentages of pollution, overpopulation, desertification. The future is already in place. Gunter Grass
Communism is Soviet power plus the electrification of the whole country. Vladimir Lenin
Poetry is a natural energy resource of our country. It has no energy crisis, possessing a potential that will last as long as the country. Its power is equal to that of any country in the world. Richard Eberhart
A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children. John James Audubon
You may drive out nature with a pitchfork, yet she'll be constantly running back. Horace
It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment. Ansel Adams
Nature never makes any blunders, when she makes a fool she means it. Archibald Alexander
The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition. Carl Sagan
The nation that destroys its soil destroys itself. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Such is the audacity of man, that he hath learned to counterfeit Nature, yea, and is so bold as to challenge her in her work. Pliny the Elder
If you violate Nature's laws you are your own prosecuting attorney, judge, jury, and hangman. Luther Burbank
Man has lost the capacity to foresee and to forestall. He will end by destroying the earth. Albert Schweitzer
The first law of ecology is that everything is related to everything else. Barry Commoner
Plans to protect air and water, wilderness and wildlife are in fact plans to protect man. Stewart Udall
The activist is not the man who says the river is dirty. The activist is the man who cleans up the river. Ross Perot
Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another. Juvenal
The earth we abuse and the living things we kill will, in the end, take their revenge; for in exploiting their presence we are diminishing our future. Marya Mannes
Canada was built on dead beavers. Margaret Atwood
I think a lot about the Department of Energy. If I were the head of it, I would close it down. Sarah Palin
Ultimately, here is the choice we face: we can either make the solution to the climate crisis the central organizing principle of civilization–or the hostile conditions we are creating will grow rapidly worse, thickening the smothering blanket of global warming pollution surrounding our planet and destroy the viability of civilization as we know it. Al Gore
China has led the world in new tree planting. Over the last several years China has planted 40 percent as many trees as the rest of the world put together. Since 198, all citizens of China over age 11 (and younger than 60) have been formally required at least three trees per year. Al Gore
As soon as cap and trade was presented as a bipartisan compromise, many conservatives who originally supported the idea, turned against it ... Thus have fossil fuel companies and their ideological allies paralyzed the policymaking process both at the global level and in the United States. Al Gore
Climate change affects the occurrence and spread of disease by impacting the population size and range of hosts and pathogens, the length of transmission season, and the timing and intensity of outbreaks. Union of Concerned Scientists
People occasionally forgive, but nature never does.. Robert Kennedy
A cap and trade system would put some kind of price on the carbon footprint. John Sarbanes
This country has been economically successful because of cheap energy and cheap labor and we are never going to have these again. Gore Vidal
[Coal is] a 19th-century fuel very badly suited for the 21st century. There's no way you can wash or scrub coal to make that essential fact go away. Jeff Goodell
America's industrial strength was built on burning coal. No politician wanted to mess with coal. Jeff Goodell
What do Saddam Hussein and Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle have in common? Neither man wants America to drill for oil in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Family Research Council
If we we were to intentionally set out to cause the extinction of a species, we should think about that. I would want there to be some consideration and reflection of a social consensus before we take that step. Henry T. Greely
The poachers were using heavy weapons. It was a real war. I realize this is what I wanted to do. Nir Kalron
What most people don't realize is that dams and other structures are not permanent fixtures on the landscape. They are there because we made a political decision to build them. They didn't get there by accident. Daniel P. Beard
One of the most powerful religions in the Western world is environmentalism. Michael Crichton
The real moral is this: It does not matter how much oil is produced domestically and how much is imported. Presidents may declare that there is an “urgent need” to cut imports and boost “energy independence” — no one ever lost political support by seeing evil and blaming foreigners. Morris Albert Adelman
Sellers of all fuels, whatever their conflicts, can stand in harmony on the platform of high oil prices. Morris Albert Adelman
The idea of the World Bank loaning money to a nation that has a space program and is building nuclear submarines is just ridiculous. Kenneth S. Rogoff
Global warming is a crisis greater than WWI and WWII put together. Government leadership is lacking, so companies must play their part. Richard Branson
We must not be the generation responsible for irreversibly damaging the environment. We must hand it over to our children in as near pristine condition as we were lent it from our parents. Richard Branson
Man is complex—he makes deserts bloom and lakes die. Laurence J. Peter
Now this problem of the adjustment of man to his natural resources, and the problem of how such things as industrialization and urbanization can be accepted without destroying the traditional values of civilization and corrupting the inner vitality of its life—these things are not only problems of America; they are the problems of men everywhere. George F. Kennan
To waste, to destroy, our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by right to hand down to them amplified and developed. Theodore Roosevelt
In many developing countries environmental problems are relegated to the periphery because they do not appear to be as urgent as other issues … We cannot survive without clean drinking water, food and pure air. Environmental concerns are not a luxury in Africa. Wangari Maathai
It's one thing to plant a tree, it's another to make it survive. If you know you are not going to take care of that tree, don't bother Wangari Maathai
For conservation to be successful it is necessary to take into consideration that it is a characteristic of man that he can only be relied upon to do anything consistently which is in his own interest. He may have occasional fits of conscience and moral rectitude but otherwise his actions are governed by self-interest. It follows then that whatever the moral reasons for conservation it will only be achieved by the inducement of profit or pleasure. Prince Philip
Last year we nationalized hydrocarbons. This year it will be mining. Evo Morales
Producing ethanol from cellulosic biomass---like perennial grasses and woodchips---offers a tremendous opportunity to expand our home grown fuel supply in an environmentally sustainable way. Samuel W. Bodman
Climate Change Is No Joke Fossil Fuels Are Soooo Prehistoric Anonymous
Climate change is a sanctity of human life issue. Richard Cizik
Women have a great responsibility. . .to try. . .to prevent another war. I hope. . .that we will be able to use this great atomic energy. . .for peaceful work. Lise Meitner
Nature, they call you a mother; they ought to call you a cruel stepmother. Emilia Pardo Bazan
There are no accidents, only nature throwing her weight around. Even the bomb merely releases energy that nature has put there. Nuclear war would be just a spark in the grandeur of space. Nor can radiation "alter" nature: she will absorb it all. After the bomb, nature will pick up the cards we have spilled, shuffle them, and begin her game again. Camille Paglia
If I have learned nothing else …, I have thoroughly learned to keep hands off the processes of nature. Laura Lee Davidson
India's elite wants not just cosmetic environmentalism, but a consumer-environmentalism. It wants to have good areas to go for tourism to. So it's happy to have national parks, because people can go for wildlife tourism. Or good beaches. But they don't want, and don't care about, a livelihood environmentalism. Vandana Shiva
We should be sending our energy dollars to the Mid-West, not to the Middle East. Nancy Pelosi
Unless we connect directly with the earth, we will not have the faintest clue why we should save it…. Only if we understand the beauty of nature will we love it, and only if we become alerted to learn about the planet's disease processes can we decide to live our lives with a proper sense of ecological responsibility. Helen Caldicott
The secret of atomic energy does not belong to America … it belongs to al mankind. Wayne L. Morse
So terrible a weapon simply had to have an important peaceful use ... We were grimly determined to prove that this discovery was not just a weapon. David Eli Lilienthal
If you set aside Three Mile Island and Chernobyl, the safety record of nuclear is really very good. Paul O'Neill
Several highly improbable and therefore unforeseen failures. Russia
For the first time in history we have got more energy out of something than we put in … [but] …. Anyone who expects a source of power from the transformation of the atom is talking moonshine. Ernest Rutherford
Hell No, We Won't Glow Anonymous
The United States must face the uncomfortable fact that its goal of “energy independence”--- a phrase that has become a mantra since it was first articulated by Richard Nixon four weeks after the 1973 embargo was put in place--- is increasingly at odds with reality. Daniel Yergin
Safety and certainty in oil, lie in variety and variety alone. Winston Churchill
A commitment in Iraq was inevitable. We had to establish a base at Basra, and control that port to safeguard Persian oil in case of need. Winston Churchill
Energy Independence Richard Nixon
The only reason to treat nuclear power differently from all the other developments in the field of physics is its staggering possibilities as a means of political pressure in peace and sudden destruction in war. James Frank
We are turning the world into a McDonald’s ecosystem with the same species living roughly the same way everywhere. Richard Conniff
All life forms obey Nature's demands—except man, who has found ways of ignoring them. Eugene M. Poirot
Man will survive as a species for one reason: He can adapt to the destructive effects of our power-intoxicated technology and of our ungoverned population growth, to the dirt, pollution and noise of a New York or Tokyo. And that is the tragedy. It is not man the ecological crisis threatens to destroy but the quality of human life. Rene Dubos
Ecology has become the political substitute for the word "motherhood. Jesse Marvin Unruh
The causal chain of the deterioration (of the environment) is easily followed to its source. Too many cars, too many factories, too much detergent, too much pesticide, multiplying contrails, inadequate sewage treatment plants, too little water, too much carbon dioxide---all can be traced easily to too many people. Paul R. Ehrlich
You must not embark on programs to curb economic growth without placing a priority on maintaining income, so that the poorest people won’t simply be further depressed in their condition but will have a share, and be able to live decently. George Wiley
The affluent society has become an effluent society. The 6 percent of the world's population in the United States produces 70 percent or more of the world's solid wastes Walter S. Howard
Any living thing that hopes to live on the earth must fit into the ecosphere or perish. Barry Commoner
The gross heathenism of civilization has generally destroyed nature, and poetry, and all that is spiritual John Muir
The sun is the only safe nuclear reactor, situated as it is some ninety-three million miles away Anonymous
The use of solar energy has not been opened up because the oil industry does not own the sun Ralph Nader
We never know the worth of water till the well is dry. Thomas Fuller
I have no doubt that we will be successful in harnessing the sun's energy.... If sunbeams were weapons of war, we would have had solar energy centuries ago. George Porter
Take nothing but pictures. Leave nothing but footprints. Kill nothing but time. National Speleological Society
Industrial forces set in motion by steam and electricity have materially changed the structure of our civilization. Samuel Gompers
In order to produce enough gold to create a wedding band, … a mine would have to extract tens or hundreds of thousands of pounds of ore. … each mine produces thousands of tons of waste rock and other materials. The end result is that mines across the West create millions of tons of waste. This waste is usually stored on the earth's surface in vast piles that may be hundreds of feet high and cover an area the size of several football fields. Lexi Shultz
Here in the United States we turn our rivers and streams into sewers and dumping-grounds, we pollute the air, we destroy forests, and exterminate fishes, birds, and mammals—not to speak of vulgarizing charming landscapes with hideous advertisements. Theodore Roosevelt
The relation of the conservation of natural resources to the problems of National welfare and National efficiency had not yet dawned on the public mind. The reclamation of arid public lands in the West was still a matter for private enterprise alone; and our magnificent river system, with its superb possibilities for public usefulness, was dealt with by the National Government not as a unit, but as a disconnected series of pork-barrel problems, whose only real interest was in their effect on the re-election or defeat of a Congressman here and there—a theory which, I regret to say, still obtains. Theodore Roosevelt
The nation behaves well if it treats the natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased, and not impaired, in value. Theodore Roosevelt
At an ever accelerating rate we are now squandering the capital of metallic ores and fossil fuels accumulated in the earth’s crust during hundreds of millions of years. How long can this spending spree go on? Aldous Huxley
Conservation has been in eclipse in this country ever since Theodore Roosevelt’s day. It had barely gotten off the ground when Uncle Joe Cannon, the Speaker of the House in those days, issued his ultimatum: “Not 1 cent for scenery.” Well, today we are repealing Cannon’s law. We are declaring a new doctrine of conservation. Lyndon B. Johnson
Conservation of land and conservation of people frequently go hand in hand Eleanor Roosevelt
We can eliminate gasoline in this country in 25 years. Vinod Khosla
We will run out of air long before we run out of oil. Vinod Khosla
When you make $78 billion a year, as the three large oil companies are doing, you have no interest in changing the status quo…. Oil companies are not interested innovation. Vinod Khosla
There is not enough money in Washington for the subsidies we will need to solve the global warming problem. The money must come from Wall Street. Vinod Khosla
Automobile efficiency is the ballgame of energy security of the country. Ron Wyden
My job, my mission, what I have been put on this planet for is to save wildlife. Steve Irwin
In the United States you use more oil than water. Water takes a few days to recycle. Oil takes 4 million years. Thierry Breton
The land is a mother that never dies. Maori Proverb
It’s very important that all of us who have bicultural roots retain our culture. William B. Richardson
We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect Aldo Leopold
If Pakistan is to play its proper role in the world to which its size, manpower and resources entitle it; it must develop industrial potential side by side with its agriculture and give its economy an industrial bias. By industrializing our State, we shall decrease our dependence on the outside world for necessities of life; we will give more employment to our people and will also increase the resources of the State. Muhammad Ali Jinnah
I believe in nationalizing those public necessities which by their very nature are too important to be held in the control of private individuals. By these I mean banking, credit and currency, power, light, oil and natural gas and our God-given natural resources. National Union of Social Justice; Charles E. Coughlin
Ecological policy rejects exploitative forms of economy and the unscrupulous plundering of natural resources and raw materials, as well as the destructive interventions into nature's ability to renew itself. We believe that the exploitation of nature as well as human beings must be stopped if we are to master this acute threat to life on earth. Green Party
The American government and American politicians claim that Iran seeks to obtain nuclear weapons. They know that they are lying, as do those who hear their speeches and applaud them in various forums. Human rights are not important to them at all. You saw this with Hurricane Katrina in America. Since the people there were black, the aid that the American government could have given to them was not given. That is what the American people said – both blacks and non-blacks.… for most American governments generating crises around the world is a necessity and a tactical need, so as to distract people's attention from domestic issues and problems. That's how it has always been. Now an extremist, warmongering government is in power in America. Their interests require them to create problems in various corners of the world and to inflate other issues. They either create crises, or else they portray minor events to their people as though they are crises. This is their policy. Ali Khamenei
Iran controls over 2,000 km of the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. Iran can block oil export whenever necessary. Fox News doesn't have to make propaganda out of this. This is a natural ability of our country…. Both geo-politically and geo-strategically, we control this strategic artery of the world Hosein Salami
Let us face it, there is no law in any country - to my knowledge - that makes it illegal to clear-cut forests, nor to erode our topsoil, nor to generate greenhouse gases over and above that which can be absorbed by dwindling natural sinks. What is more, even if such laws were enacted, I can see no effective mechanism anywhere in the world for applying them. Edward Goldsmith
Oil is much too important a commodity to be left in the hands of the Arabs. Henry A. Kissinger
The enormous consumption of coals in the arts and manufactures, and in steam navigation, has excited the fears of ... exhaustion of our mines. These apprehensions, however, may be allayed by the assurance [of] the highest mining and geological authorities, that the coal fields of Northumberland and Durham alone are sufficient to supply [the present demand] for 1700 years, and ... the great coal basin of South Wales will ... supply the same demand for 2000 years longer. Dionysius Lardner
Those who first cross the Atlantic in a steam-boat will be entitled to a great portion of applause. In a few years we expect such trips will be common ... and bold will they be who first make a passage to Europe in a steam-boat. Pittsburgh Gazette
It is shocking to smite down trees for mere decorations. Theodore Roosevelt
We have killed off nature, that world entirely independent of us which was here before we arrived and which encircled and supported our human society Bill McKibben
This island is almost made of coal and surrounded by fish. Only an organizing genius could produce a shortage of coal and fish in Great Britain at the same time. Aneurin Bevan
I think that our work contributed to the safety of the world. Edward Teller
We tend to describe climate change in terms that are abstract—a one degree rise in temperature, an increase in green house gasses—but when waves wash away a village, that’s concrete and very emotional. Igor Krupnik
America is addicted to oil. George W. Bush
Politically, resistance to industrialism must force the viability of industrial society into public consciousness and debate. What purpose does this machine serve? What problem has become so great that it needs this solution? Is this invention nothing but, as Thoreau put it, an improved means to an unimproved end? Who are the winners? Who are the losers? Will this invention concentrate or disperse power, encourage or discourage self worth? Can society at large afford it? Can the biosphere? Kirkpatrick Sale
Energy Is Conserved. Lord Kelvin
Environmental organizations have become experts at duplicitous activity, skirting laws up to the edge of illegality, and burying their political activities under the guise of non-profit environmental improvement. James Inhofe
America is addicted to oil which is often imported from the most unstable part of the world. George W. Bush
In a bad year in this country, we have 600 people die in airplane crashes. We have 150 die a day in automobiles. Automobile accidents are simply not news. People are not reacting to them, unless you have a phenomenal accident where five or ten people are killed at once, and that will get to be big news. But you've got to concentrate it to produce the news. On the other hand, airplanes, a little bit like nuclear power, have an awesome safety record. And yet, a plane crash where 100 people are killed is news, not just locally but all over the world, quite literally. So the concentration of deaths is very important. Robert Du Pont
Thousands of individuals who believe that they have suffered adverse medical effects as a result of the TMI accident will not have an opportunity to have their claims heard by a jury of their peers Sylvia H. Rambo
Sunlight provides the greatest source of renewable energy on the planet. Sunlight provides more energy in a single day, than we use in a year the world over. Samuel W. Bodman
Science is inextricably linked to our economy. It has been for the last 50 years and it will be for the next 50 years. Samuel W. Bodman
we need to work harder if we're going to continue what Carl Sagan saw as a new Renaissance of discovery. One way is by explaining to the Congress and the public why it is in our national interest to get this work funded. We can win this – and do what is right by the American people – if we can get the public to understand what's at stake. William B. Richardson
Researchers probably never anticipated when they started smashing atoms and protons in our large accelerators that their science their very basic research on matter would eventually give us remarkable life-saving technology. Spencer Abraham
Sustainability is a very tough thing in our government because there are so many different competing priorities. Lee H. Hamilton
The great task for environmental historians is to record and analyze the effects of man's recently achieved control over the natural world. What is needed is a longer-term global, comparative, historical perspective that treats the environment as a meaningful variable. John Richards
There is little history in the study of nature, and there is little nature in the study of history. Donald Worster
Equity and energy can grow concurrently only to a point. Below a threshold of per capita wattage, motors improve the conditions for social progress. Above this threshold, energy grows at the expense of equity. Ivan Illich
It is only because miners sweat their guts out that superior persons can remain superior. George Orwell Blair
The nation’s beauty is every citizen’s duty. Saint Kitts
Everyone lives downstream from someone else. Anonymous
Stop pollution or the future will be a thing of the past. Anonymous
The real owners of the land are not yet born. Anonymous
The solution to pollution is dilution. Anonymous
It depends on your definition of sleep. They weren't stretched out. They had their eyes closed. They were seated at their desks with their heads in a nodding position. Anonymous
Irritations of the eyes, which are caused by smoke, over-heating dust or similar injury are easy to heal; the patient being advised to avoid the irritating cause. Aetios
The Government wouldn't force cancer on anyone. Instead it should be seeking volunteers ... We will accept Americans who are healthy and 18 years or older ... Children are needed to fill important quotas in such categories as childhood leukemia ... If you believe the "negligible risk" standard is acceptable, you can sign up for the National Cancer Volunteer Registry today and adopt the chemical of your choice. Agricultural Resource Center
We've raped our homelands to maintain our economies. Roderick Airwite
The frog does not drink in the pond in which he lives. American Indian proverb
If they [the Federal government] can't handle the [toxic] waste, they shouldn't generate it. Cecil D. Andrus
Your armed struggles for profit Have left collars of waste upon My shore,, Currents of debris upon my breast. Maya Angelou
When an activity raises threats of harm to human health or environment, precautionary measures should be taken even if some cause-and-effect relationships are not fully established scientifically. Anonymous
The forests shall not be burned needlessly. Asoka
We are now facing a problem more of ethics than of physics. Bernard Baruch
We are here to make a choice between the quick and the dead.... We must elect World Peace or World Destruction. Bernard Baruch
Man was not made for the world, but the world for man. Book of Baruch
Half of Americans breathe air that is unhealthy. Max Baucus
Firms have traditionally ignored the carrot of environmental technology until they felt the stick of environmental enforcement. Max Baucus
In the long term the economy and the environment are the same thing. If it is unenvironmental it is uneconomical. That is a rule of nature. Mollie Beattie
If this summer is especially bad a crisis mentality will take over and Congress will want to pass legislation to show that they're on top of the situation. Dan Becker
Pollution doesn't respect state boundaries and it is difficult if not impossible to solve these problems on a state by state basis. S. William Becker
The only thing to do is say, "If you generate it in your country, you take care of it. Uta Bellion
You can’t get intelligence by sitting and saying nothing. Moe Berg
The REA [Rural Electrification Administration] brought us electric lights when no one else would. Robert S. Bergland
By developing atomic energy for peaceful purposes, you reach the nuclear option. There are no two atomic energies. Ernst David Bergmann
It's a bit like the search for witches. You can always find them. Colin Berry
There were about 6,000 languages spoken on this planet at the beginning of the 20th century, there are probably only 600 still widely spoken at the beginning of the 21st century. Together with biodiversity, cultural and linguistic diversity are fading fast. James H. Billington
There is a liquid more precious than oil – water! Tony Blair
We all love the environment, but … a rat is a rat. Sonny Bono
The human race has today the means for annihilating itself—either in a fit of complete lunacy ... or by a careless handling of atomic technology, through the slow poisoning and of deterioration in its genetic structure. Max Born
Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. Omar N. Bradley
To protect the natural environment is to protect the possibilities for youth. William W. Bradley
The problems of the Third World—its poverty, its ignorance, its debt—never really seemed to affect Europeans and Americans. No longer. It's a little warmer than it used to be. The water is rising. Henry R. Breck
I don't know why people are always afraid of a nuclear blast. Jimmy Breslin
The United States has consumed in the last 50 years more natural resources than the rest of the entire human race for all of history. David R. Brower
The landscape has been so transformed by ignorance, arrogance and greed that those who must prove their case are not those who call for forest protection, but those who call for business as usual. Richard Brown
If we don't have a future, then we haven't got a present. Robert Brown
I don’t believe in subsidized programs because by and large they are not sustainable. Nora Mead Brownell
As nations continue to develop they will require more, not less, total energy; their industrialization and rapidly growing populations will depend on it. Gro Harlem Brundtland
It is futile to seek solutions to environmental disturbances without considering them from a broad perspective that encompasses the factors underlying world poverty and the inequities within and among nations. Gro Harlem Brundtland
The squandering of the public money sinks into comparative insignificance as a temptation to corruption when compared with the squandering of the public lands. James Buchanan
Public life is a situation of power and energy; he trespasses against his duty who sleeps upon his watch as he that goes over to the enemy. Edmund Burke
We talk of communing with Nature but 'tis with ourselves we commune .... Nature furnishes the conditions. John Burroughs
We won’t conserve our way to energy independence. George W. Bush
Our beaches should not be garbage dumps. Our oceans must not be cesspools. George W. Bush
Every American deserves to breathe clean air. George W. Bush
We can no longer throw our waste away because there is no away. William Cahill
What a commentary on the real nature of capitalism in its decadent phase is this, that the scientific conquest of the marvelous secret of atomic energy, which might rationally be used to lighten the burdens of all mankind, is employed first for the wholesale destruction of half a million people…. This is how American imperialism is bringing civilisation to the Orient. James P. Cannon
Not one cent for scenery! Joseph Cannon
People who are not addressing the issues of population control are not seriously addressing the environment. George Carey
Every human being is now subjected to contact with dangerous chemicals, from the moment of conception until death. Rachel Carson
Man's war against nature is a war against himself. Rachel Carson
As cruel a weapon as the cave man's club, the chemical barrage has been hurled against the fabric of life. Rachel Carson
There are real and growing dangers to our simple and most precious possessions: the air we breathe, the water we bring, and the land which sustains us.... If we do not act, the world of the year 2000 will be much less able to sustain life than it is now. Jimmy Carter
The city of gardens [New Delhi] has become the city of garbage. Jag Pravesh Chandra
Mankind runs a major risk of the shortage of fresh water. Water is a major source of life but could well be a major source of conflict. Jacques Chirac
Nature does not have the capacity to heal all the wounds that have been inflicted upon it by mankind. Jacques Chirac
A drop of oil is worth a drop of blood. Georges Clemenceau
Every time we try to do something to improve the environment someone predicts that it will ruin the economy. Bill Clinton
Lawyers are making more money than the cleanup folks are. Bill Clinton
With its present organization, staff and attitudes, the NRC [Nuclear Regulatory Commission] is unable to fulfill its responsibility for providing an acceptable level of safety for nuclear power plants. Commission on Three Mile Island
We have a military policy instead of an energy policy. Barry Commoner
[Opposing Hydro-Quebec:] It is always us who are asked to pay. You say, "move over, move over Indian," and the only time you'll come to talk to us is when you want something. Mathew Coon Come
The very survival of the human species depends upon the maintenance of an ocean clean and alive.... The ocean is our planet's life belt. Jacques Cousteau
To protect the environment, you have to work from the outside, not the inside. Jacques Cousteau
I've never seen such a goddamned mess in my life. Steve Cowper
If milk goes way up in price, my people in Idaho can stop drinking milk. But we can’t stop using power. Larry Craig
It's nice to think about having everything natural and similar to pre-Columbian times.... In fact, man himself has long been part of that environment and there is no way to separate him from that environment. Frank Craighead
They are not valuable wetlands. They are degraded industrial wastelands. Richard M. Daley
Without oil our Navy would be like painted ships upon a painted ocean. Josephus Daniels
To preserve the buffalo as a species, the best thing we can do is eat them. Animals that people eat do not become extinct. That's why we have so many more chickens than bald eagles in this country. Harold P. Danz
GOP seems to stand for Gas, Oil, and Plutonium. Tom Daschle
Deregulation [of electricity] does not work unless you have more power than you need. Gray Davis
We have lost control over our own power. We have surrendered the decisions about where electricity is sold—and for how much, to private companies with only one objective: maximizing unheard-of profits. Gray Davis
What’s been going on for years is political science, not good science in the environmental area. Thomas D. DeLay
These greenies have nice speeches, but in practice they're pigs. Manuel DeSoto
When you have to besiege a city for a long time, you must not destroy its trees, wielding an ax against them. You may eat of them, but you must not cut them down. Are the trees human, to withdraw before your siege? Book of Deuteronomy
Our performance should be based on the long-term health of the land, rather than the number of board feet produced. Michael Dombeck
I’m a big fan of the free market system but the free market system works [only] when you have robust competition. Bryan L. Dorgan
I sometimes suspected that the major qualification for most aspirants for membership on the [Senate] Finance Committee was a secret pledge or agreement to defend the [oil and gas] depletion allowance against all attacks.... [and] campaign funds reinforced these pledges. Paul H. Douglas
There is a risk between toxicity and hazard. Just because it is a risk doesn't mean you are in danger. Dow Chemical Corp.
The causes of war are the same as the causes of competition among individuals: acquisitiveness, pugnacity, and pride; the desire for food, land, materials, fuels, mastery. The state has our instincts without our restraints. Will Durant; Ariel Durant
Pollution knows no boundaries; it moves across borders. Andrea Durbin
People go to environmental meetings in Hollywood in their gas-guzzling Mercedes. Robert Duvall
No compromise in defense of Mother Earth. Earth First
... the most egregious form of corporate welfare imaginable. Dennis E. Eckart
Not only will atomic power be released, but someday we will harness the rise and fall of the tides and imprison the rays of the sun. Thomas A. Edison
I hadn’t thought of that. Albert Einstein
We thought we would get around to it sometime down the line. Theoretically we could have regulated it, but it wasn't on our radar screen. James R. Elder
Nobody yet knows how to improve working conditions and environmental quality without imposing heavy costs somewhere. Ethan B. Epstein
What would Jesus drive? Evangelical Environmental Network
We're not going to allow Virginia to become a trash depository for New York or anyplace else. James S. Gilmore III
The Energy Department of the United States spends over 2 billion dollars a year and doesn't even light a light bulb. Steven Givot
People must have water, affordable, necessary water. Mary Goldring
If you don't look for a problem, you won't find it. Eric Goldstein
You know, I think we ought to sell TVA. Barry Goldwater
The biggest polluters have a back door into the policy making process of the White House. Al Gore
The oil and gas lobby, with the vast amount of money at its disposal, is, I believe, the most diabolical influence at work in the nation's capitol. It has for years succeeded in blocking the assignment of public-spirited members to the tax-writing committees of the House and Senate, and also intervened in the election of leaders and assistant leaders in both Houses. Al Gore
I shall never come back to Arizona. The main reason is that the country has been ruined by motorists. The Navajos are doomed. The beauty and the romance of their lives is dead. Zane Grey
The law of nature is so unalterable that it cannot be changed by God himself. Hugo de Grotius
I resent the idea that somebody in Washington will protect our environment better than we can. Lena Guerrero
Handing money back to the private sector in tax cuts and starving the public sector is a formula for producing richer and richer consumers in filthier and filthier communities. If we stick to that formula we will end up in affluent misery. John W. Gardner
The growth in our electricity use is outpacing our electrical capacity additions. I hate to think the country has reached the point where only a recession can guarantee that our electrical supplies are adequate. Harold B. Finger
We're in a war, the war of industrial civilization against the natural world. Dave Foreman
Forty million Arabs are going to push four hundred thousand Jews into the sea. And that's all there is to it. Oil—that is the side we ought to be on. James Forrestal
The environment is more than just nature. The environment is peoples needs. Walter J. Hickel
Those who say "not in my back yard" are saying "rape someone else's back yard. Walter J. Hickel
You're not going to solve the problems of poverty in the world with less energy. Walter J. Hickel
Experimental evidence [shows strongly] that the chemical purity of the air is of no importance [to health.] L. Erskine Hill
Free trade in energy with the Americans is like wife-swapping with a bachelor. Ramon Hnatyshyn
Free trade in energy with the Americans is life wife-swapping with a bachelor. Ramon Hnatyshyn
Life in the state of nature is solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short. Thomas Hobbes
We have done extraordinary things to destroy our waters. We can never do enough to research and coordinate cleaning these waters up. George J. Hochbrueckner
The cheap and easy days of waste disposal are over. Anne Hoey
A river is more than an amenity, it is a treasure. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
... the negation of the ideals upon which our civilization has been based. Herbert Hoover
This is a turning point in human history. William J. Hughes
My country is not the gasoline pump for America. Saddam Hussein
Industrialism is the systematic exploitation of wasting assets. Progress is merely an acceleration in the rate of that exploitation. Such prosperity as we have known up to the present is the consequence of rapidly spending the planet's irreplaceable capital. Aldous Huxley
The Politics of Ecology Aldous Huxley
The country needs a gas tax.... That's good for the country.... What's good for the country is good for Chrysler. Lee Iacocca
Green politics is not about being far left of far right, but being far sighted. David Icke
Civilization as we know it could not continue to exist without oil. Harold L. Ickes
Woe unto them that join house to house, that lay field to field, till there be no place. Book of Isaiah
I want to see a reasonable profit, a fair profit, but we can't tolerate obscene profits. Henry M. Jackson
The common people who marched for the right to vote must now march for the right to breathe. Jesse Jackson
The Moral Equivalent of War William James
The American land was more like a widow than a virgin. Europeans did not find a wilderness here; rather, however involuntarily, they made one. Francis Jennings
Ugliness has been allowed too long. It is time to act. Lady Bird Johnson
One of the things about the White House is that you know from the moment you walk in there that this has a time limitation. You don't know exactly what it is; it may be the four years you were elected for, or death, but you know it's got a time limitation. And that's one reason why you do as much as you can do, because you know that this will never happen again, and you can drum up the energy from somewhere within you to go more, do more, learn more, for this limited time. Lady Bird Johnson
How the United States chose to deal with its growing reliance on foreign oil would determine its future. Andrew J. Bacevich
He [Douglas] would understand it a little better if there were a few oil wells in Cook County . Lyndon B. Johnson
When a gas and oil bill comes in here, everybody says it's crooked, for the same reason they think a girl on the street after midnight is probably up to something. But for me, I don't accuse a girl until I see her doing more than walking. Lyndon B. Johnson
I do believe this period of the 1980's will be remembered as the time the planet struck back. The planet is telling us we can't treat it this way anymore. Stephen C. Joseph
Fission is like kissing your wife. Fusion is like kissing your mistress. Robert B. Macaulay
It really depends on how thirsty I was. Ian Macdonald
Land is not something you inherit from your parents. It is something you borrow from your children. Elmer H. MacKay
Man is everywhere a disturbing agent. Wherever he plants his foot, the harmonies of nature are turned to discords. George Perkins Marsh
Every acre of forest should belong to the people. Robert Marshall
An American's refrigerant can cause a New Zealander's skin cancer. Jessica Mathews
This is not a disposable planet. It is the only one we have. Robert Maynard
Conservation is not without a cost. James A. McClure
The free market should not include the right to pollute our environment. George McGovern
It is a crime now in my country to talk about the government's crimes. David McTaggart
The negative cautions of science are never popular. Margaret Mead
Energy patriotism" ... We could all stick it to [Iraqi President] Saddam Hussein today if we all drove 55 miles an hour around our Capital Beltway. Barbara Mikulski
If you steal from the American public, whether you use a gas pump or a gun, you ought to do hard time. Barbara Mikulski
If the artificial is not better than the natural, to what end are all the arts of life? To dig, to plow, to build, to wear clothes, are direct infringements of the injunction to follow nature. John Stuart Mill
In former times humans had fear of the future. Today the future must have fear of humans. Werner Mitsch
No American should have to choose between heating and eating. Joseph Moakley
Everyone realizes that we have to clean up the environment, but no one likes the cost. Carlos Moorhead
We ought to move toward the objective of allowing our state to become number one, not in the protection of toxic substances, but in the prosecution of those who are polluting our environment. Dan Morales
Free the rivers. John Muir
Barring a miracle, this nation can never be self-sufficient in energy again. Allen E. Murray
class interests in disguise. Charles Murray
If you want the light [electricity], you will have to pay for it every month. Amakuade Wyete Ajeman Labie II
We have to litigate to maintain our credibility. Otherwise industry would never take us seriously. Jonathan Lash
The chance to find a pasque-flower is a right as inalienable as free speech. Aldo Leopold
We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. Aldo Leopold
We face the question whether a still higher standard of living is worth its cost in things natural, wild, and free. Aldo Leopold
Man's power over Nature turns out to be a power exercised by some men over other men with Nature as its instrument. Clive Staples Lewis
The nation's coal is stained with blood. John L. Lewis
Atomic energy bears that same duality ... expressed in the Book of Books thousands of years ago: "See, I have set before thee life and good, and death and evil ... therefore choose life" [see Deuteronomy 30:15, 19]. David Eli Lilienthal
How can you save the rain forests, the planet's wildlife, without funds? Keng Yaik Lim
If the spotted owl can't adjust ... then screw it. Rush Limbaugh
And now beware of rashness. Beware of rashness, but with energy and sleepless vigilance go forward and give us victories. Abraham Lincoln
We intend to redesign our entire purchasing system to include a general preference for recycled products. John Lindsay
Never before has man had such capacity to control his own environment, to end thirst and hunger, to conquer poverty and disease, to banish illiteracy and massive human misery. John F. Kennedy
The supreme reality of our time is ... the vulnerability of this planet. John F. Kennedy
The world’s dependence on Gulf oil will last for at least another generation. Khaled bin Sultan
Water is one of the world’s great business opportunities. It promises to be to the 21st century what oil was to the 20th. Fortune Magazine
This [hydrogen] is the only technology we know of that can change the game David Garman
Mother Earth is not only a fruitful mother, she is also a grateful mother and repays her children for every kindness and tenderness. James Gibbons
Half the world’s people fail to receive the level of water services available in many of the cities of ancient Greece and Rome Peter Gleik
There are those who say that climate change is a hoax, a concoction of radical environmentalists and a liberal media. That is simply hogwash.... To ignore and dismiss the threat of climate change to the economy and the environment is like insisting the earth is flat. Jim Jeffords
Mercury is a dangerous toxin. It needs to be reduced. Mike Leavitt
Just as the stone age did not end for lack of stones, the oil age will not end because of a scarcity of oil. Leonardo Maugeri
The Salvages are accustomed to set fire of the Country in all places where they come, and to burne it twice a year, viz.: at the Spring, and the fall of the leaf. The reason that moves them to doe so, is because it would other wise be so overgrown with underweeds that it would be all a coppice wood, and the people would not be able in any wise to pass through the Country out of a beaten path…. this custom of firing the Country is the meanes to make it passable; and by that meanes the trees growe here and there as in our parks: and makes the Country very beautifull and commodious. Thomas Morton
The substitute of oil for coal is impossible because oil does not exist in this world in sufficient quantities. William Waldegrave Palmer
Mr [Harry] Truman announced today that Russia had set off its first atomic explosion. Public reaction was varied…. Today the Brooklyn Dodgers are one-half behind the St Louis in the National League and the Yanks and the Boston Red Sox are neck and neck. And the American public is basically probably more interested in this race than in the race of atomic energy. Drew Pearson
We don’t trust the U. S. government. Stephan Singer
… the lungs of London William Windham
Before we start criticizing capitalism, we ought to try it. We don't factor the value of nature and its services into the market equation. Every year we use roughly $33 trillion worth of nature's services throughout the world's civilizations, and we make little or no effort to pay any of that back. We just use it. Look at the service a bee provides us, for example. A bee doesn't charge hourly fees or anything else. But if we lose the bees, we're not going to eat. And the pollinators are disappearing. David R. Brower
Humanity is consuming the resources of the earth and life in an excessive and disordered way, forgetting the earth's own needs John Paul II; Giovanni Battista Montini
Climate change is here. We have to learn how to deal with it. Michael Oppenheimer
Whenever you involve scientists with politicians there is a struggle. Michael Oppenheimer
The Three Mile Island Report to President Carter, if published in its entirety, would have destroyed the civilian nuclear power industry because the accident at Three Mile Island was infinitely more dangerous than was ever made public. Hyman Rickover
We find in the Word of God, that God made the Earth for the use and comfort of all Mankind, and set him in to till and dresse it, and said, That in the sweat of his brows he should eat his bread; and also we find, that God never gave it to any sort of people, that they should have it all to themselves, and shut out all the rest. but he saith, The Earth hath he given to the children of men, which is every man. Diggers
People are getting richer all over the world and they are going to want to live the way Americans live. And that is going to place a big strain on our environment and will be a great challenge. Chrystia Freeland
The gold rush of yesterday has become the green rush of today…. Nothing makes a market like a government mandate. John McLaughlin
Everything is a circle. We are each responsible for our own actions. It will come back. Betty Laverdure
Tell the president that the buffalo is my old friend, and it would make my heart glad to see a heard once more roaming around. Quanah Parker
You said that you wanted to put us upon a reservation, to build our houses and make us medicine lodges. I do not want them. I was born upon the prairie, where the wind blew free, and there was nothing to break the light of the sun. I was born where there were no enclosures, and where everything drew a free breath. I want to die there, and not within walls. Ten Bears
The sun will set without thy assistance. Jewish Proverb
We have ended the dreaded Communism, we must now end the dreaded capitalism. . . . We have to use less. Cutting our consumption by 75% is a very reasonable and relatively easily obtainable goal. Andrew Kerr
Extinction is forever! Greenpeace International
We are fully prepared! George W. Bush
Both liberals and conservatives in the United States must move beyond the tired debate over causation and get on with the important work of mitigation and adaptation… Scott G. Borgerson
Global warming and climate change is a big problem. It requires a big solution. Joseph I. Lieberman
We are funding the rope for the hanging of ourselves. James Woolsey
The First Law of Petropolitics: The price of oil and the pace of freedom always move in opposite directions in states that are highly dependent on oil exports for their income and have weak institutions or outright authoritarian governments. Thomas Friedman
If you’re a Chinese mayor and have to choose between growing jobs and cutting pollution, you will invariably choose jobs: Coughing workers are much less politically dangerous than unemployed workers. Thomas Friedman
It must be pointed out that climate change has been caused by the long-term historic emissions of developed countries and their high per-capita emissions. Developed countries bear an unshirkable responsibility. Jiang Yu
The cheapest, cleanest, nonemitting power plant in the world is the one you don’t build. Thomas Friedman
The market does not work in energy...Carbon has to have a value. Today in the U.S. and China it has no value Jeffrey R. Immelt
If 98 doctors say my son is ill and needs medication and two say, “No, he doesn’t, he is fine,’ I will go with the 98. It’s common sense-the same with global warming. We go with the majority, the large majority...The key thing now is that since we know this industrial age has created it, let’s get our act together and do everything we can to roll it back. Arnold Schwarzenegger
We don’t know what those other cycles where caused by...Could be dinosaur flatulence...Who knows? Dana Rohrabacher
For us to try and step in and say we have got to do all these global things to prevent the earth from getting any warmer in my opinion is absolute nonsense. It’s not going to happen Joe Barton
Man's society is an ecology that forces adaptation to it. Philip K. Dick
The world’s demand for energy will never stop. Archer Daniels Midland Corporation
No pound of coal is worth getting hurt over. Bob Murray
If you develop in the old fashioned way there are enormous costs (to the environment)….but we have to demonstrate it, not just tell people. Bill Clinton
We have grown up in a culture thinking that our energy resources were inexhaustible and without impact. Andy Karsner
Maritime nations still respond automatically to the shibboleth of the "freedom of the seas." Professing to believe in the "inexhaustible resources of the oceans," they bring species after species of fish and whales closer to extinction. Garrett Hardin
Nature offers nothing that can be called this man's rather than another’s, but under nature everything belongs to all Baruch Spinoza
The verdict is for the trumpeter swan and against the army. The army will have to find another nesting place. Franklin D. Roosevelt
The nation that leads the clean energy economy will lead the global economy. Barack Obama
By diversity we will improve our energy security. James Burkhard
On no one country, on no one region, on no one route … must we depend for our oil supply. Winston Churchill
Although the original Constitutional Convention met behind closed doors, the founders immediately published every document associated with the drafting of the Constitution, revealed the names of everyone who had been involved in its creation, and kept nothing secret, including the minutes of the debate over its provision. Joe Conason
The very document that protects our liberties more than anything else, the Constitution, was, of course, drafted in total secrecy. Ari Fleischer
No-one wants polluted air, water or land, denuded forests or extinct animal species. But the error most people make is to trust the legislature to prevent these tragedies. What they don’t realize is how big a role the legislature has played historically in causing environmental destruction. Karen Selick
I personally think that our failure to clear Dr. Oppenheimer will be a black mark on the escutcheon of our country. His witnesses are a considerable segment of the scientific backbone of our Nation and they endorse him. Ward V. Evans
In this age which boasts of its atomic power it no longer makes sense to maintain that war is a fit instrument with which to repair the violation of justice. John XXIII; Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli
I don’t think that there is ever a Mission Accomplished with an oil spill…the consequences go on for years. Thad William Allan
We'll never know the worth of water till the well goes dry. Scottish Proverb
For every person in the world to reach the present U.S. level of consumption with existing technology would require four more planet earths. Edward O. Wilson
If the water is too clear, there is nothing for the fish to eat. Chinese Proverb
The nation that leads the clean energy economy will lead the global economy. Barack Obama
The introduction of genetically engineered (GE) organisms into the complex ecosystems of our environment is a dangerous global experiment with nature and evolution … GE organisms must not be released into the environment. They pose unacceptable risks to ecosystems, and have the potential to threaten biodiversity, wildlife and sustainable forms of agriculture. Greenpeace International
The loss of global biological diversity is advancing at an unprecedented pace. Sigmar Gabriel
I will put Iran’s oil income on people’s dinner table. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
I had to cheat, steal, beg, borrow and lie…. Pete Kott
The oil companies don’t own the resources…. We own the resources. Sarah Palin
You’re putting in the same number of hours a week but we are just repackaging it more efficiently. Jon Huntsman, Jr.
My house could be under water in this century. Manny Diaz
The purpose of the imperialists is to keep us backward, to keep us in our present miserable state so they can exploit our riches, our underground wealth, our lands and our human resources. They want us to remain afflicted and wretched, and our poor to be trapped in their misery ... they and their agents wish to go on living in huge palaces and enjoying lives of abominable luxury…. In order to assure the unity of the Islamic umma, in order to liberate the Islamic homeland from occupation and penetration by the imperialists and their puppet governments, it is imperative that we establish a government. ... we must overthrow the oppressive governments installed by the imperialists and bring into existence an Islamic government of justice ... Ruhollah Khomeini
The Persian Gulf region would have zero strategic importance were it not for the oil. Andrew J. Bacevich
We thought it was a very good idea in this day and age of threat to biodiversity….we believe the scope for ecotourism is great. Anote Tong
We knocked the Twightwies and Chictaghicks on the head because they had cut down the trees of peace which were the limits of our country. They had hunted beavers on our land and killed them all, both male and female. Garangula
Show this administration an oil well, and it will show you a foreign policy. Byron Patton Harrison
Atoms for War and Atoms for Peace are Siamese twins. Hannes Olof Gosta Alfin
Nothing in life is certain except death, taxes and the second law of thermodynamics. All three are processes in which useful or accessible forms of some quantity, such as energy or money, are transformed into useless, inaccessible forms of the same quantity. That is not to say that these three processes don't have fringe benefits: taxes pay for roads and schools; the second law of thermodynamics drives cars, computers and metabolism; and death, at the very least, opens up tenured faculty positions. Seth Lloyd
Should the Iranian nation beg for the right of exploitation of nuclear energy from the bullying world powers until they accept that the nation has a nuclear right?...No. This is not the way of a free and independent nation. Ali Khamenei
Every sector of our economy depends on affordable energy… The state of American energy must be good in order for our economy to thrive. Jack Gerard
There are in nature neither rewards nor punishments — there are only consequences. Robert G. Ingersoll
Do you believe that a dead woman can conceive from a live man and bring forth a live child? Do you believe it, any of you mothers? Do you believe it, any of you fathers? No, you know better. Well, if a woman will not produce when she is dead, then the earth cannot produce living things if it was dead. Does the earth conceive? It does, and it brings forth. If it did not, why do you go and put your wheat into the ground? Does it not conceive it? But it does not conceive except you put it there. It conceives and brings forth, and you and I live, both for food and for clothing, silks and satins. What! satin grow? Yes. What produces it? The silkworm produces it. Does the silkworm produce except it conceives? No, it eats of the mulberry tree. Where does the mulberry tree come from? It comes from the earth. Where did the earth come from? From its parent earths. Well, some of you may call that foolish philosophy. But if it is, I will throw out foolish things, that you may gather up wise things. The earth is alive. If it was not, it could not produce: If you find a piece of earth that is dead, you cannot produce anything from it, except you resurrect it and restore it to life. Heber Chase Kimball
Blizzards, floods, volcanoes, hurricanes, earthquakes: They fascinate because they nakedly reveal that Mother Nature, afflicted with bipolar disorder, is as likely to snuff us as she is to succor us Dean Ray Koontz; Leigh Nichols
Environmentalism is a dangerous ideology endangering human freedom. Vaclav Klaus
This is the greatest liberty that has ever been taken with nature Anonymous
Whether exotic wild animals have escaped or the owners have let them go, the problem is still there…. The damage has already been done. Bill Nelson
Solar power will solve all our problems. How much money have we blown on that? This is the hippies' program from the seventies and they're still pushing this stuff. Trent Lott
Facts are more mundane than fantasies, but a better basis for conclusions. Amory Lovins
We got rich by violating one of the central tenets of economics: thou shall not sell off your capital and call it income. And yet over the past 40 years we have clear-cut the forests, fished rivers and oceans to the brink of extinction and siphoned oil from the earth as if it possessed an infinite supply. We've sold off our planet's natural capital and called it income. And now the earth, like the economy, is stripped. Kalle Lasn
The problem, then, is how to bring about a striving for harmony with land among a people many of whom have forgotten there is any such thing as land, among whom education and culture have become almost synonymous with landlessness. This is the problem of conservation education. Aldo Leopold
The modern dogma is comfort at any cost. Aldo Leopold
The oldest task in human history: to live on a piece of land without spoiling it.. Aldo Leopold
A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. Aldo Leopold
That land is a community is the basic concept of ecology, but that land is to be loved and respected is an extension of ethics.. Aldo Leopold
DuPont had the idea there was nobody in the universe who could tell them anything. John S. Herrington
L.a. 's air pollution has turned an environmental issue into everybody's issue. Tom Hayden
We are ready to kill to keep our automobiles running. We're ready to kill to keep up our materialistic, wasteful economy.... I am sick and tired of 18-year-olds being coerced into bearing the burden of the failures of politicians to face the tough economic choices needed to end our dependency on foreign oil. Mark Hatfield
Just because something is natural doesn't make it good, and just because something is man-made doesn't make it bad. Ronald Hart
Energy in the executive is a leading character in the definition of a good government. Alexander Hamilton
We cannot have as our goal a world that cannot conceivably come to pass unless all scientific knowledge of the atom is erased. Alexander Haig
This is Arizona, Barry Goldwater’s state. It’s dry country out here. Water is priceless. That’s why they’re building this dam. It’s a federal dam. Federal taxes build it. It was sponsored by, uhh, Barry Goldwater. Now here’s the funny part. Barry sponsored this dam in his state, but he wanted to sell the TVA dams in Tennessee. He voted against the Hell’s Canyon Dam in Idaho, against the Hanford atomic power project in Washington, against public works all over the country. In Barry’s book, this kind of thing is “creeping Socialism,” except when it creeps into Arizona. Anonymous
You can’t build wind power anywhere birds fly or Kennedys live. Christopher C. Horner
We now know beyond a doubt that global warming is a reality. And the question we must all answer is, what are we going to do about it? Michael Bloomberg
I don’t give a crap for the pup fish. Jason Chaffetz
I am strongly in favor of using poisoned gas against uncivilized tribes Winston Churchill
It’s only the urban middle class who is interested in the preservation of the countryside because they don’t have to live in it. Antony Rupert Jay; Jonathan Lynn
Most of our political support for forest preservation comes from the Northeast where there are few forests. The Americans back East realize that they have made a historical mistake and failed to preserve and protect their original forests, and they don’t want the rest of the country to make the same mistake. Jackson Large
When people are involved, accidents will happen…. You don’t want to drink frack fluid. Aubrey McClendon
There is a lot of money getting spent to make sure that a very substantial portion of the public stays totally confused about this. And, I mean, it’s been really quite pernicious. But there’s been literally tens of millions of dollars spent on every little thing that comes along that might, you know, relate to some uncertainty. M. Granger Morgan
The carbon lobby knew perfectly well that global warming posed real dangers, but it chose to deny those dangers and disparage anyone who sought to bring them to public attention. The lobby put its immediate economic interests ahead of humanity’s future well-being. Mark Hertsgaard
Climate change had arrived a century sooner than expected, and future generations were no longer the only victims. Mark Hertsgaard
Strip mining is man’s thorough and total assault upon his planet. Harry M. Caudill
The people of West Virginia deserve jobs. But the people of West Virginia also deserve clean water. Lisa Jackson
They have two tongues in one mouth, and two faces on one head so they can speak everybody’s language; they use everybody, deceive everybody. They deceive the Arabs under the guise of Islamic nuclear power, saying that they are defending Islam and Islamic countries. They milk America and Europe in the alliance against terrorism, and they have been deceiving … Muslims around the world in the name of Kashmiri jihad. But behind the curtain, they have been betraying everyone. Abdul Salam Zaeef
The Department of Energy was created for one purpose: To obtain energy independence. Yet where are we? Allen West
God said that the Earth would not be destroyed by a flood. John Shimkus
The nuclear industry in America was built on the back of the Defense Department. Jeffrey R. Immelt
Nuclear power plants are all purchased by central planners and subsidized by the public purse…. Nuclear energy has died from an uncontrollable attack of market forces. Amory Lovins
It’s cheaper to save energy than to buy it. Amory Lovins
What right to 49 states have to punish the citizens of one state by dumping their garbage in that state without their consent. Ronald E. Paul
The key thing is to get off our reliance on fossil fuel. Arnold Schwarzenegger
Solution to pollution by dilution is fallacious. Helen Caldicott
The ... progress of improvement and discovery ought not to be overlooked. ... Philosophy already directs her finger at sources of inexhaustible power. ... We are on the eve of mechanical discoveries still greater than any which have yet appeared. Dionysius Lardner
We turned the switch, saw the flashes, watched for ten minutes, then switched everything off and went home. That night I knew the world was headed for sorrow Leo Szilard
God gave us the earth. We have dominion over the plants, the animals, the seas…. God said “Earth is yours. Take it. Rape it. It’s yours.” Ann Coulter
Our Crop. Our Fuel. Our Country. Anonymous
There will not be any permanent freeze, because it is our legitimate right to have this technology and produce what we need for our country. No incentive can substitute for our legitimate right. Kamal Kharrazi
In the tragic situation which confronts humanity, we feel that scientists should assemble in conference to appraise the perils that have arisen as a result of the development of weapons of mass destruction.... There lies before us, if we choose, continual progress in happiness, knowledge, and wisdom. Shall we, instead, choose death, because we cannot forget our quarrels? We appeal, as human beings, to human beings: Remember your humanity, and forget the rest. If you can do so, the way lies open to a new Paradise; if you cannot, there lies before you the risk of universal death. Albert Einstein; Bertrand Russell
Israel’s development of nuclear capability would be a cause for war, no matter how suicidal it would be for us. Gamal Abdel Nasser
Accelerating the development of hydrogen fuel cells and the infrastructure needed for hydrogen production, delivery, and storage should be a national priority. Hydrogen could fundamentally change the transportation sector in this country and around the world… Samuel W. Bodman
Energy is one of the worst bottlenecks in the development of industry and the national economy V. V. Kuibyshev
The Diesel engine can be fed with vegetable oils and would help considerably in the development of agriculture of the countries which use it. Rudolf Diesel
Pollution is nothing but resources we're not harvesting. We allow them to disperse because we've been ignorant of their value. R. Buckminster Fuller
The future is in our hands! Friends of the Environment
Some time this century, the day will arrive when the human influence on the climate will overwhelm all natural factors.` Tim Flannery
The capitalist system did not produce the machine age; the machine age produced the capitalist system. The material prosperity that the world has enjoyed for the last seventy-five years or one hundred years has been due to the introduction of power; steam power, then electric power and the internal combustion engine. The capitalist system or the free enterprise system - the terms are synonymous and interchangeable - was the product of the power age. The capitalist system did not produce the power age. Thomas Clement Douglas
The diesel engine can be fed with vegetable oils and would help considerably in the development of agriculture of the countries which use it. The use of vegetable oils for engine fuels may seem insignificant today. But such oils may become in course of time as important as petroleum and the coal tar products of the present time. Rudolf Diesel
Christian parents must also understand that they are destined not only to propagate and preserve the human race on earth Pius XI
Land has lost its original strategic value; military forces are no longer employed primarily to conquer land, but to ensure stable economic, energy and information flows, which constitute the true resources, along with the natural resource Corrado Maria Daclon
At about 9.5 billion people, the world will run out of fresh water. Lionel Shriver
If humans pursue a business-as-usual course for the first half of this century, I believe the collapse of civilization due to climate change becomes inevitable. Tim Flannery
Land is not merely soil. Aldo Leopold
The Physicist was the darling of the cold war …atomic energy was responsible for so much of the politics of the Cold War. Neil deGrasse Tyson
We are living beyond our means. As a people we have developed a life-style that is draining the earth of its priceless and irreplaceable resources without regard for the future of our children and people all around the world. Margaret Mead
There is only one possible route of action, Greenhouse gases have to be radically reduced and it has to happen worldwide. Until now, the US has kept its eyes shut to this emergency. Americans make up a mere 4 percent of the population, but are responsible for close to a quarter of emissions. Jurgen Trittin
The whole proceeding was little more than a kangaroo court. James Bryant Conant
Going vegetarian may be the most effective way to fight global warming. Buddhist practitioners have practiced vegetarianism over the last 2000 years. We are vegetarian with the intention to nourish our compassion towards the animals. Now we also know that we eat vegetarian in order to protect the earth... Thich Nhat Hanh
Ere many generations pass, our machinery will be driven by a power obtainable at any point of the universe…. Throughout space there is energy. Is this energy static or kinetic? If static, our hopes are in vain; if kinetic — and this we know it is, for certain — then it is a mere question of time when men will succeed in attaching their machinery to the very wheelwork of nature. Nikola Tesla
The economic transmission of power without wires is of all-surpassing importance to man. Nikola Tesla
With the growing urgency of climate change, we cannot have it both ways. We cannot shout from the rooftops about the dangers of global warming and then turn around and shout even louder about the "dangers" of windmills. David Suzuki
What if a small group of world leaders were to conclude that the principal risk to the Earth comes from the actions of the rich countries? And if the world is to survive, those rich countries would have to sign an agreement reducing their impact on the environment. Will they do it? The group's conclusion is 'no'. The rich countries won't do it. They won't change. So, in order to save the planet, the group decides: Isn't the only hope for the planet that the industrialized civilizations collapse? Isn't it our responsibility to bring that about? Maurice Strong
If we don't change, our species will not survive... Frankly, we may get to the point where the only way of saving the world will be for industrial civilization to collapse. Maurice Strong
There is more old growth forest today in California today than there was in 1850. The Indians had destroyed most of them. Michael Crichton
Environmental degradation and pollution constrain economic growth, contribute to large-scale migration, harm public health, and engender social unrest. Elizabeth Economy
When you talk to the public about the environment it goes in one ear and out the other. They are only interested in the now. Philip Wylie
We do know that global warming has led to the increase in number and intensity of weather events. Bill Clinton
Restoration of peatlands is a low hanging fruit, and among the most cost-effective options for mitigating climate change. Achim Steiner
The new American finds his challenge and his love in the traffic-choked streets, skies nested in smog, choking with the acids of industry, the screech of rubber and houses leashed in against one another while the townlets wither a time and die. This is not offered in criticism but only as observation. And I am sure that, as all pendulums reverse their swing, so eventually will the swollen cities rupture like dehiscent wombs and disperse their children back to the countryside. John Steinbeck
Global warming' is just the latest in a long line of hysterical crusades to which we seem to be increasingly susceptible. Thomas Sowell
The only solution to pollution is a people's humane revolution. Bobby Seale
We simply must do everything we can in our power to slow down global warming before it is too late... The science is clear. The global warming debate is over. Arnold Schwarzenegger
The reward for using the atom's power towards man's welfare is great and sure. The punishment for its misuse would seem to be death and the destruction of the civilization that has been growing for a thousand years. Arthur Holly Compton
There are fewer chemical pollutants in the air. Our drinking water is safer. Our food standards have been raised. We've cleaned up more toxic waste sites in three years than the previous administrations did in twelve. The environment is cleaner, and we have fought off the most vigorous assault on environmental protection since we began to protect the environment in 1970. We are moving in the right direction to the 21st century. Bill Clinton
If there is a regulation that says you have to do something—whether it be putting in seat belts, catalytic converters, clean air for coal plants, clean water—the first tack that the lawyers use, among others things, and that companies use, is [to claim] that it's going to drive the electricity bill up, drive the cost of cars up, drive everything up. It repeatedly has been demonstrated that once the engineers start thinking about it, it's [the cost is] actually far less than the original estimates. We should remember that when we hear this again, because you will hear it again. Steven Chu
Just refrigerator efficiency saves more energy than all that we're generating from renewables, excluding hydroelectric power... I cannot impress upon you how important energy efficiency is. Steven Chu
If I were emperor of the world, I would put the pedal to the floor on energy efficiency and conservation for the next decade. Steven Chu
Environmentally friendly cars will soon cease to be an option...they will become a necessity. Fujio Cho
Scientists themselves readily admit that they do not fully understand the consequences of our many-faceted assault upon the interwoven fabric of atmosphere, water, land and life in all its biological diversity. But things could also turn out to be worse than the current scientific best guess. In military affairs, policy has long been based on the dictum that we should be prepared for the worst case. Why should it be so different when the security is that of the planet and our long-term future? Prince Charles
I do not think there should be a limit on the rig's liability, because they are sitting on top of unlimited amounts of oil, and thus, there could be an explosion occur that could do untold damage. ... The amount of damage that an offshore oil rig can do is infinite. John Chafee
The number of hypotheses and theories about climate change are numerous. Quite naturally they have caught the public attention, as any proof of past climactic change points to the possibility of future climate change, which inevitably will have significant implications for global economics. Eduard Bruckner
As a nation we have not yet come to have a proper respect for the forest and to regard it as an indispensable part of our resources—one which is easily destroyed but difficult to replace; one which confers great benefits while it endures, but whose disappearance is accompanied by a train of evil consequences not readily foreseen and positively irreparable. Richard Eliot Blackwelder
You cannot affirm the power plant and condemn the smokestack, or affirm the smoke and condemn the cough. Wendell Berry
Science has taught us how to put the atom to work. But to make it work for good instead of for evil lies in the domain dealing with the principles of human duty. We are now facing a problem more of ethics than physics. Bernard Baruch
Should the research worker of the future discover some means of releasing this [atomic] energy in a form which could be employed, the human race will have at its command powers beyond the dream of scientific fiction, but the remotest possibility must always be considered that the energy once liberated will be completely uncontrollable and by its intense violence detonate all neighboring substances. In this event, the whole of the hydrogen on earth might be transformed at once and the success of the experiment published at large to the universe as a new star. Francis William Aston
The engineer is the key figure in the material progress of the world. It is his engineering that makes a reality of the potential value of science by translating scientific knowledge into tools, resources, energy and labor to bring them to the service of man ... To make contribution of this kind the engineer requires the imagination to visualize the needs of society and to appreciate what is possible as well as the technological and broad social age understanding to bring his vision to reality Eric Ashby
Humanity stands ... before a great problem of finding new raw materials and new sources of energy that shall never become exhausted. In the meantime we must not waste what we have, but must leave as much as possible for coming generations. Svante Arrhenius
... the rising costs and risks of these fossil fuels are undercutting the security and prosperity they have enabled. Each day, the United States spends about $2 billion buying oil and loses another $4 billion indirectly to the macroeconomic costs of oil dependence, the microeconomic costs of oil price volatility, and the cost of keeping military forces ready for intervention in the Persian Gulf. Amory Lovins
... the rising costs and risks of these fossil fuels are undercutting the security and prosperity they have enabled. Each day, the United States spends about $2 billion buying oil and loses another $4 billion indirectly to the macroeconomic costs of oil dependence, the microeconomic costs of oil price volatility, and the cost of keeping military forces ready for intervention in the Persian Gulf. Amory Lovins
It is not enough to celebrate the earth and all its inhabitants, we must restore what we have destroyed. Ismail Serageldin
If France can produce 80 percent of its electricity with nuclear power, why can't we? John McCain
If this is to be done in humans, I feel that those concerned in the Atomic Energy Commission would be subject to considerable criticism as admittedly this would have a little of the Buchenward touch. Joseph G. Hamilton
Enough is enough. Our intention is to have a line where the pavement ends and the open space and the hills begin. Susan Hammer
True conservation means protecting the entire habitat. David Attenborough
The forces of steam, gravity, galvanism, light, magnets, wind, fire, serve us day by day, and cost us nothing. Ralph Waldo Emerson
When I came into the oil there was chaos. I brought order…. It was done the way it was because that was the way it had to be done. John D. Rockefeller
Oil is what this country runs on. You call it monopoly. I call it enterprise. John D. Rockefeller
I gone on for years about the importance of thinking about the long term in relation to the environmental damage, climate change, and everything else because we don’t want to hand on an increasingly dysfunctional world to our grandchildren and I do not want to be confronted by my future grandchild saying, “Well why didn’t you do something?” Prince Philip
The world petroleum story is one of the most inhuman known to man: in it, elementary moral and social principles are jeered at. If powerful oil trusts no longer despoil and humiliate our country it is not because these predators have become human, but because we have won a hard-fought battle which has been going on since the beginning of the century. Mohammed Reza Pahlavi
Will your children be active or radioactive? Anonymous
Every other agency involved in foreign affairs jealously guards its prerogatives whenever State makes the slightest movement to broaden its role. Richard Holbrooke
Love em or leave em; just don’t destroy em. Larry Gibson
Theodore Roosevelt provoked an outcry when he banned Christmas Trees from the White House as a conservationist measure, but he relented when convinced that his position was untenable. Albert J. Menendez
From the best of the collective work, we believe that burning natural gas for electricity produces about 30-50% less greenhouse gas than burning coal, even accounting for the emissions of methane (and carbon dioxide) from producing and transporting the natural gas. David McCabe
Because we are now running out of gas and oil, we must prepare quickly for a third change, to strict conservation and to the use of coal and permanent renewable energy sources, like solar power. Jimmy Carter
Some of the scientists, I believe, haven’t they been changing their opinion a little bit on global warming? There’s a lot of differing opinions and before we react I think it’s best to have the full accounting, full understanding of what’s taking place. George W. Bush
Clean water is not an expenditure of Federal funds; clean water is an investment in the future of our country. Bill Shuster
Civilization has been a permanent dialogue between human beings and water. Paolo Lugari
No one has the right to use America's rivers and America's Waterways, that belong to all the people, as a sewer. The banks of a river may belong to one man or one industry or one State, but the waters which flow between the banks should belong to all the people. Lyndon B. Johnson
We must treat water as if it were the most precious thing in the world, the most valuable natural resource. Be economical with water! Don't waste it! We still have time to do something about this problem before it is too late…. The shortage of fresh water is the major ecological problem of this moment. Mikhail Gorbachev
I have never believed we had to choose between either a clean and safe environment or a growing economy. Protecting the health and safety of all Americans doesn’t have to come at the expense of our economy’s bottom line. And creating thriving companies and new jobs doesn’t have to come at the expense of the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, or the natural landscape in which we live. We can, and indeed must, have both. Bill Clinton
I have little need to remind you that water has become one of our major national concerns. Ezra Taft Benson
Thousands have lived without love, not one without water W. H. Auden
Fierce national competition over water resources has prompted fears that water issues contain the seeds of violent conflict. Kofi Annan
Victory will be achieved when . . . citizens ‘understand’ uncertainties in climate science . . . [and] recognition of uncertainties becomes part of the ‘conventional wisdom.’ Petroleum Institute
Ultimately all the options are ugly… These decisions are very, very difficult Tony Blair
Search the Constitution and you will find no power granted to the legislative branch to make laws governing agriculture, housing, medicine, energy, private ownership or weapons, and a great deal more. John F. McManus
Climate change is a real thing that is happening in the Maldives. It is not something in the future… We are only 1.5 meters above sea level. Fossil fuel technology is obsolete; it has been around for too long. Mohamed Nasheed
The total exports of the entire Arab world, not counting oil and gas, amount to less than Finland, one tiny European country… their economies depend entirely on oil…. Sooner or later, oil and gas either be exhausted or superseded as the modern world turns to other sources of energy. When that happens, they will have nothing left. One possibility is that they will develop other forms of economic activity. Another, more likely, is that the region will lapse into insignificance. Bernard Lewis
Climate Change is a fact! David Dreier
The hotter summers get, the more we become dependent on air-conditioning, and the more of it we use, which ensures that summers will be even hotter.” Stan Cox
We might be allowed to... assert that because our only cognitions of matter are cognitions of force, matter in the scientific sense is force. Fitz-Hugh Ludlow
The public domain has been squandered, our coal fields bartered away, our forests denuded, our people impoverished, and we are attempting to build a prosperous commonwealth among people who are being robbed of their homes. James Baird Weaver
Three factors defeated us in the West where I was in command. First, the unheard-of superiority of your air force, which made all movement in daytime impossible. Second, the lack of motor fuel - oil and gas - so that the Panzers and even the Luftwaffe were unable to move. Third, the systematic destruction of all railway communications so that it was impossible to bring one single railroad train across the Rhine. Gerd von Rundstedt
Today, the grandeur of a country is measured by the extent to which it defends and extends its citizens' rights through its impulse towards total equality, by its capacity to create energy that contributes towards cultural, social and economic growth. That is how a country becomes strong, by making its citizens more powerful. Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero
Stop complaining about the price of your gas. Be thankful your car doesn't run on bottled water. David A. Ridenour
You might ask me why do I have nuclear powered ships. That is a necessary evil. I would sink them all (if they were not absolutely necessary). Hyman Rickover
I do not believe that nuclear power is worth it, if it creates radiation. Hyman Rickover
Until about two billion years ago, it was impossible to have any life on earth; that is, there was so much radiation on earth you couldn't have any life — fish or anything. Gradually, about two billion years ago, the amount of radiation on this planet—and probably in the entire system—reduced and made it possible for some form of life to begin... Now when we go back to using nuclear power, we are creating something which nature tried to destroy to make life possible... Every time you produce radiation, you produce something that has a certain half-life, in some cases for billions of years. I think the human race is going to wreck itself, and it is important that we get control of this horrible force and try to eliminate it. Hyman Rickover
A nuclear-power plant is infinitely safer than eating, because 300 people choke to death on food every year. Dixie Lee Ray
Global Warming knows no border. It does not discriminate. It affects us all. Lars Lokke Rasmussen
A decision delayed is health protection denied. Richard Deniston
Land has lost its original strategic value; military forces are no longer employed primarily to conquer land, but to ensure stable economic, energy and information flows, which constitute the true resources, along with the natural resources. Corrado Maria Daclon
It's never been proven that air toxics are hazardous to people. Tom DeLay
Nothing has really taken me aback more as Secretary of State than the way that the politics of energy is –… warping diplomacy around the world…we have simply got to do something about the warping now of diplomatic effort by the all-out rush for energy supply Condoleeza Rice
This was the most anticipated natural disaster in history. David Brooks
Global warming is one contrived, phony mess. Rick Perry
We are introducing compounds into the environment that did not exist only a few decades ago. James Salzman
I consider myself fundamentally more of an environmentalist than many of the environmental groups. We have to come up with new sources of food, new sources of water, new sources of energy. Trying to ignore leading-edge science and technology as a means of getting there is an ostrich approach of burying your head in the sand. Craig Venter
Washington is stuck in an endless cycle of disaster response. The U. S. Government spends billions of dollars on disasters after they happen, but it pinches pennies when it comes to preparing for them. And both Federal and State policies create incentives for people to hold and rebuild in increasingly risky costal areas. Kate Sheppard
What was once a 100-year flood will happen every 3 to 20 years. And truly catastrophic storms will do damage unimaginable today. Kate Sheppard
Jolt a country’s pride and even the reformers will support the nation Mohamed El Baradei
The Middle East does not follow Las Vegas rules. Whatever happens in the Middle East affects the rest of the world. Paul Danahar
… nature is not kind, or merciful, or loving Thomas A. Edison
We are much better at creating complex technologies than we are at controlling them. Eric Schlosser
Land use is becoming more and more a general national interest and should be as much a study in the cities as in the country. For with the proper use of land, many of our greatest troubles—dust storms, floods, over-production of this and that, would at least be measurably controlled. Eleanor Roosevelt
See the possibilities of rural electrification. Life can be so much fuller and farm life so much more efficient on the farm as well as in the home if you can get cheap power. Eleanor Roosevelt
For the most part we don’t have an immediate impact on the species that surrounds us. But we do have an immediate impact on their habitat which determines whether they survive on in some cases shift their ground. Verlyn Klinkenborg
The sea is a place where every day, half the population eats the other half. Eugenie Clark
Unless Iran’s leadership believes that the costs of building a nuclear weapon will be greater than the benefit those weapons will provide, the Islamic Republic will become a nuclear-armed state. Graham Tillett Allison Jr.
We have to stop treating soil like dirt. Wes Jackson
The problem is that the good Lord didn’t see fit to put oil and gas reserves where there are democratic governments. Dick Cheney
The downsides of fossil fuels, notably their geopolitical and environmental risks, are not fully reflected in their market prices. Jeffrey Bell
… about 30 percent of the value of renewable power tax credits end up benefitting financiers rather than funding renewable energy production. Jeffrey Bell
Historically, countries have made big energy shifts only when confronted with acute fossil-fuel crises: oil embargoes, debilitating pollution, or wars. Jeffrey Bell
Let Those Eastern Bastards Freeze in the Dark Anonymous
The current challenge facing the environmental authorities is how to properly deal with the environmental problems caused by economic development. Zhou Shengxian
China’s air quality is grim, and the amount of pollution emissions far exceeds the environment’s capacity. Zhou Shengxian
China is the world’s second largest economy, but the enormous costs of its growth are becoming apparent. Residents of its boom cities and a growing number of rural regions question the safety of the air they breathe, the water they drink and the food they eat. It is as if they were living in the Chinese equivalent of the Chernobyl or Fukushima nuclear disaster areas. The environmental hazards here are legion, and the consequences might not manifest themselves for years or even decades. Edward Wong
Human activities are changing Earth's climate. At the global level, atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping greenhouse gases have increased sharply since the Industrial Revolution. Fossil fuel burning dominates this increase. …. Because natural processes cannot quickly remove some of these gases (notably carbon dioxide) from the atmosphere, our past, present, and future emissions will influence the climate system for millennia…. These changes are broadly consistent with long- understood physics and predictions of how the climate system is expected to respond to human-caused increases in greenhouse gases. The changes are inconsistent with explanations of climate change that rely on known natural influences. Climate models predict that global temperatures will continue to rise, with the amount of warming primarily determined by the level of emissions. Higher emissions of greenhouse gases will lead to larger warming, and greater risks to society and ecosystems. Some additional warming is unavoidable due to past emissions. Climate change is not expected to be uniform over space or time. Deforestation, urbanization, and particulate pollution can have complex geographical, seasonal, and longer-term effects on temperature, precipitation, and cloud properties. In addition, human-induced climate change may alter atmospheric circulation, dislocating historical patterns of natural variability and storminess. In the current climate, weather experienced at a given location or region varies from year to year; in a changing climate, both the nature of that variability and the basic patterns of weather experienced can change, sometimes in counterintuitive ways -- some areas may experience cooling, for instance. This raises no challenge to the reality of human-induced climate change. Impacts harmful to society, including increased extremes of heat, precipitation, and coastal high water are currently being experienced, and are projected to increase. Other projected outcomes involve threats to public health, water availability, agricultural productivity (particularly in low-latitude developing countries), and coastal infrastructure, though some benefits may be seen at some times and places. Biodiversity loss is expected to accelerate due to both climate change and acidification of the oceans, which is a direct result of increasing carbon dioxide levels. While important scientific uncertainties remain as to which particular impacts will be experienced where, no uncertainties are known that could make the impacts of climate change inconsequential. Furthermore, surprise outcomes, such as the unexpectedly rapid loss of Arctic summer sea ice, may entail even more dramatic changes than anticipated. Actions that could diminish the threats posed by climate change to society and ecosystems include substantial emissions cuts to reduce the magnitude of climate change, as well as preparing for changes that are now unavoidable. American Geophysical Union
More people have smart phones than clean water Max Levchin
We’re at war with no guns. T. Boone Pickens
You will probably be surprised when I say that the sun-motor is nearer perfection than the steam-engine but until coal mines are exhausted, its value will not be fully acknowledged John Ericsson
There is little doubt that such a solar engine will be a boon to the population of hot areas which so often suffer from a shortage of fuel. Abel Pifre
Nuclear fusion is the energy source of the future and always will be. Anonymous
The biggest drag on global growth in the coming decade will be climate change and the failure to adequately deal with the consequences of poverty. Daniel Bradlow
The biggest drag on global growth in the coming decade will be the impact of energy on the environment. Graciela Chichilnisky
Biosolids Environmental Protection Administration
The Clintons are walking around on poo. But it’s very clean poo. Environmental Protection Administration
In theory, recycling poop is the perfect solution to the one truly unavoidable byproduct of human civilization. Josh Harkinson
The playing field for renewable sources of energy—such as wind, solar, and geothermal energy—must be leveled with tax incentives that reduce the production costs for renewable energy technologies. Tom Daschle
An acre of corn, one of the rare plant species to use a carbon dioxide efficient photosynthesis system, removes more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than does an acre of mature Amazonian rain forest… Tom Daschle
The Mexican oil and gas monopoly, Pemex, literally fuels corruption. Fareed Zakaria
Two millennia later, many ancient Roman aqueducts remain serviceable … Operating with no external energy requirements, these brilliantly engineered channels functioned for centuries, … vulnerable only to seismic activity—and eventually of course to conquest. But despite modern materials and engineering methods, the water delivery service of the American West is comparatively ephemeral—for the sole reason that it depends so much on energy. We have built major cities in response to the engineered availability of water, and we did so in an era when energy was cheap and apparently plentiful, But ultimately the price of energy might be as destructive to our public water supplies as invading barbarians were to Rome’s. Austin Troy
Relocating animals would be a major departure from the last half-century of conservation practice in the U. S. Kiera Butler
Our conservation laws are based on static ideas about nature—not landscapes that are rapidly changing because of something humans did. Alejandro Camacho
It's amazing how people can get so excited about a rocket to the moon and not give a damn about smog, oil leaks, the devastation of the environment with pesticides, hunger, disease. When the poor share some of the power that the affluent now monopolize, we will give a damn. Cesar Chavez
The biggest risks posed by nuclear power come not from the technology but from the human institutions that govern how we use it. Charles D. Ferguson
When I go down in my state, I see virtually none of the independent oil producers for [President Jimmy] Carter … We’ve gotten higher drilling rig counts, more dollars being spent, more activity, more profits being made by oil people than ever before. But do they like Carter? Oh no. they hate him because of his rhetoric. Johnston J. Bennett Jr.
Energy is always geopolitics. Dalia Grybauskaite
We face huge pressure from Russia; even “Green” people are ready to make some sacrifices. I can’t be an enemy to my nation. Erlandas Paplauskis
We will no longer be kowtowing to despotic rulers and feudal monarchs whose oil supply lines are crucial to other aspects of foreign policy. Edward Lewis Morse
Call me a converted skeptic. Prior estimates of the rate of warming were correct … humans are almost entirely the cause. Richard A. Muller
More than half the world’s people live in countries where water tables are falling. Lester R. Brown
We can beat back the forces of climate change, but we must choose to do so. You’re either on the side of your fellow residents of this planet, or you are on the side of the storms as yet unnamed. Christopher L. Hayes
Doing everything the scientists wanted us to do [to protect the environment] would be ruinous. Richard V. Allen
The world we live in is made of an immensely complex and mysterious tissue about which we know very little and which we must treat Vaclav Havel
Nature—pitiless in a pitiless universe—is certainly not concerned with the survival of Americans or, for that matter, of any of the two billion people now inhabiting the earth. J. William Fulbright
Those who believe that our economic competitiveness is contingent upon continued environmental pollution should be consigned to live in the proximity of the pollution—preferably in a confined space. John Kenneth Galbraith
… man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty, and all forms of human life. John F. Kennedy
The only reason that people will preserve anything in nature is if money can be made off of it. Bryan Fry
… literature is the only consciousness we possess and that its role as consciousness must inform us of our ability to comprehend the hideous danger of nuclear power. John Cheever
The danger of collective catastrophe … is so great as to be in part a certainty. George F. Kennan
I have no hope that a nuclear disaster can be avoided. George F. Kennan
You only protect what you love, and you only love what you know. John James Audubon
No matter what we choose, our unwavering stance is to enhance the safety of nuclear power generation in the country. Sean Chen
We are like tenant farmers chopping down the fence around our house for fuel when we should be using Nature's inexhaustible sources of energy…. I'd put my money on the sun and solar energy. Thomas A. Edison
Coal is our country’s dirtiest energy source, from mining to burning to disposing of coal waste…. Coal is an outdated, backward, and dirty 19th-century technology…. Not only is coal burning responsible for one third of US carbon emissions—the main contributor to climate disruption—but it is also making us sick, leading to as many as 13,000 premature deaths every year and more than $100 billion in annual health costs. Mary Anne Hitt
The fact that there simply is 5,000 times more sun power than our consumption needs makes me very optimistic. It's a fantastic resource. We have the ingenuity to send man to the moon, so we definitively have the ingenuity to tap the sun's resources…. The biggest challenge [for solar power] is escaping from the economic effects of vendor lock-in where large investments in nuclear and traditional energy sources keep us 'locked-in' to feeding monsters that will bring us down an economic black hole. Derek Abbott
Environmentalism is a dangerous ideology endangering human freedom. Vaclav Klaus
Nature has no compassion. Nature accepts no excuses and the only punishment it knows is death. Eric Hoffer
Global warming is socialism in drag. Steve Forbes
There probably were floods when our land was newly settled but before we cut our trees so recklessly they were not so serious. If we go to the headwaters of our rivers and we will find the cause and the results which follow in the wake of man's destructive ignorance. Eleanor Roosevelt
Pollution, overfishing, the destruction of habitats, and climate change are emptying the oceans and enabling the lowest forms of life to regain their dominance. Alan B. Sielen
Over the last several decades, human activity have so altered the basic chemistry of the seas that they are now experiencing evolution in reverse to the barren primeval waters of hundreds of millions of years ago. Alan B. Sielen
Nearly one third of Japan would have had to evacuate from their communities…. I came to believe that we should halt further operations of nuclear energy that entail such huge risks…. Japan can supply its energy needs without nuclear power Naoto Kan
We must create a new culture to improve [nuclear] safety. After making sure that it is safe, we must restart nuclear energy. Shinzo Abe
TEPCO is guilty of institutionalized lying…. TEPCO knew on March 12 that fuel had melted down, but they continued to lie for almost 2 months. They haven’t made an accounting of the past. We first have to determine why they lied. Hirohiko Izumida
You can’t imagine what it’s like to live in one of the nine counties effected in West Virginia …what it’s like to not have any water except to flush commodes and put out fires….It has devastated this area … everything is closing … no restaurant is allowed to open…, the people are in their homes, the schools are closed. You’re not supposed to take showers and certainly not supposed to drink the tap water…. I smelled it and tasted it, and I knew something was very wrong. Danny Jones
… use of high yield nuclear weapons invariably created adverse public opinion … Greater emphasis should be placed on small atomic weapons. James Bennett McRae
… work [jobs] and the environment should not be played off against each other. Johannes Rau
Minicars – Mini Profits Henry Ford II
The world must now either accept long-term chaos for the sake of short term comforts or make short term sacrifices for the sake of long term comforts. Jorgen Randers
Some environmentalists demands are counter productive. Avoiding pesticides for example means farming more land less efficiently, which leads to higher prices, more hunger, more disease …, and less biodiversity. Bjorn Lomborg
Among all of our uncertainties weather is the most basic. We can’t live without it and we can’t control it. Edmund G. Brown Jr.
Droughts come and go, but this one is so extreme that it will doubtless affect the discussion of climate change. Karen Ross
Dwight Eisenhower… supported the nuclearization of the military and the militarization of nuclear weapons as a cost saving way of deterring the Soviets. Under Eisenhower, custody or nuclear weapons shifted from the civilian Atomic Energy Commission to the military. Gregory D. Koblentz
The energy crisis has given new urgency to the need to improve public transportation, not only in our cities but in rural areas as well…. Mass transit is an essential element of the improvement of life in our cities and towns. Richard Nixon
The lesson of Chernobyl is not an indictment of nuclear power as such. Nuclear power, designed well, regulated properly, cared for meticulously, has a place in the world’s energy supply. Al Gore
They go together, a strong environment and a strong economy. In Florida the environment is the economy. Al Gore
Our children should not have to draw the breath of life in a city awash in pollution. Al Gore
The world's forests are being destroyed at the rate of one football field's worth every second. One Tennessee's worth every year. Al Gore
The central organizing principle of governments everywhere must be the environment. Al Gore
We should tax what we burn, not what we earn. Al Gore
The Italy of today wishes to develop her African possessions for the benefit not only of the home-land but also of the subject populations and of humanity as a whole. Where the benefits of civic organization are refused by recalcitrant natives who want to continue under the tyrannical and arbitrary rule of their petty feudal lords, Italy takes such measures to reestablish order as seem advisable in the given case. Where natural riches are wasted through backward management, she establishes a regime of scientific exploitation. Where production demands more labor than can be had locally, she creates suitable conditions for the cooperation of her sturdy colonists with the native workers. In short, Italy wishes to govern her African colonies by introducing her surplus man-power among backward populations and integrating the two, never by unnecessarily substituting the former for the latter. Carlo Schanzer
You cannot, for instance, sustainably protect the environment if the majority of the people are still in primitive agriculture leading to the encroachment of forest reserves. Yoweri Museveni
Russia is a gas station posing as a country. John McCain
That is simple my friend,: because politics is more difficult than physics Albert Einstein
This is going to be a very expensive war, and Victory is not guaranteed — for anyone, and certainly not for anyone as baffled as George W. Bush. All he knows is that his father started the war a long time ago, and that he, the goofy child-President, has been chosen by Fate and the global Oil industry to finish it. Now. Hunter S. Thompson
They died for the greed of the oil cartels, for the expansion of the American empire, for the political ambitions of the President. They died to cover up the theft of the nation’s wealth for the machines of death. Howard Zinn
Formerly, Ireland was a vast forest…. It is now almost destitute of trees. Gustave de Beaumont
Why would we frack our countrysides and our watersheds when we know that energy efficiency would save more energy that natural gas can provide. Michael Brune
Why would we build a thousand mile pipeline taking almost a million barrels of oil from the most carbon intensive fuel source on the planet when wind energy is a whole lot cheaper and a whole lot cleaner. Michael Brune
Clearly there’s going to be an impact. So I’m not disputing that increasing CO2 emissions are in the atmosphere is going to have an impact. It will have a warming impact. It’s an engineering problem and it has engineering solutions. Rex Tillerson
We’re the first generation to feel the impact of climate change and the last generation that can do something about it. Jay Inslee
Why did they pick the [Indian] Reservations to lay down their pipeline? They were probably thinking the indigenous people were not going to stand up. Michaelynn Hawk
Special interests and their allies in Congress will claim that these guidelines will crush the economy and kill jobs. Let’s face it. That’s what they always say. Barack Obama
Coal fired power plants emit particulates which cause respitory problems. Frances Beinecke
Science is science, and there is no doubt that if we burned all the fossil fuels that are in the ground right now that the planet’s going to get too hot and the consequences could be dire. Barack Obama
The thing about climate change is that you’ll never know for sure until it’s way too late. Thomas Friedman
I have seen two tremendous works of nature in America—the Niagara Falls and Mr. [Theodore] Roosevelt. John Morley
We, the people of the United States, and nobody else, must cure whatever is wrong with the industrial situation, typified by this narrative of the Standard Oil Company. Ida Tarbell
Leave it [The Grand Canyon] as it is. The ages have been at work on it, and man can only mar it …. Keep it for your children, your children’s children, and all who come after you, as one of the sights which every American … should see. Theodore Roosevelt
.[Theodore Roosevelt] is a man of such abounding energy and ceaseless activity that he sets everything in motion around him wherever he goes. John Burroughs
All the power of the government will be directed towards the Rockefeller Trust. Theodore Roosevelt
Unless government appropriately regulates oil developments and holds oil executives accountable, the public will not trust them to drill, baby, drill. And we must. Sarah Palin
The economic impacts of global warming and climate change are every bit as real as the environmental impact.. Henry Paulson
If you wait until you have all the facts, then it will be too late.. Henry Paulson
I esteem it my duty to use every endeavor to prevent this growing monopoly [electric power], the most threatening which has ever appeared, from being fastened upon the people of this nation. Theodore Roosevelt
Attention! Land Thieves and Natural Resources Grabbers …. Under [Theodore] Roosevelt any doubt about the power of the Chief Executive to make withdrawals of public land was resolved in favor of the people. Tacoma Times
The purpose of the Conservation movement is to make our country a permanent and prosperous home for ourselves, and for our children, and for our children’s children. Gifford Pinchot
Since the mid-1970s, people have been consuming more resources than the planet’s natural capital can replenish. Jon Hoekstra
Conservation’s grand challenge is to save nature in a world that will soon have 9 billion hungry, thirsty, energy-using people. Jon Hoekstra
No you don’t have the right, just because it’s your land to dig as many wells as you want, and dry up the water for the rest of the farmers downstream.. Jose Rodriguez
Millions are spend annually on the cultivation and dissemination of science by the public authorities who will not give a penny for the advancement of astrology or sorcery. In other words, our society is deeply committed to beliefs about the nature of things, beliefs which are different from those to which the early Egyptian or Aztec civilizations were committed. Michael Polanyi
It is probable that all heavy matter possesses—latent and bound up with the structure of the atom—a similar quantity of energy to that possessed by radium. If it could be tapped and controlled, what an agent it would be in shaping the world’s destiny. The man who put his hand on the lever by which a parsimonious nature regulates so jealously the output of this store of energy, would possess a weapon by which he could destroy the earth if he chose. Frederick Soddy
A scientist belongs to the world in times of peace but to his country in times of war. Fritz Haber
Poison gas meant that the war could be brought to an end sooner and thus reduce the number of casualties. Fritz Haber
There is no doubt that sub-atomic energy is available all around us .... One day man will release and control its almost infinite power. Francis W. Aston
These experiments might make it possible to produce power by means of nuclear energy and radioactive elements. Unfortunately also perhaps atomic bombs. Leo Szilard
It is not enough just to take this weapon [nuclear bombs] out of the hands of the soldiers. It must be put into the hands of those who will know how to strip its military casing and adapt it to the arts of peace. Dwight D. Eisenhower
Atoms for Peace Dwight D. Eisenhower
We will never again permit any foreign nation to have Uncle Sam over a barrel of oil. Gerald R. Ford
It'll go away only if we make it go away—by not using water. Mario Cuomo
The risks brought about by climate change are a major concern. It goes without notice—unless people find out that 12 of the last 13 biggest climatic disorders have occurred in the last 10 years. Christine Lagarde
We’re not going to run out of wind. Rachel Maddow
It is true that, in theory, we can avoid the worst consequences of climate change with an intensive global effort over the next several decades. But given real-world economic and, in particular, political realities, that seems unlikely. Robert N. Stavins
The world is now on track to more than double current greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere by the end of the century. This would push up average global temperatures by three to eight degrees Celsius and could mean the disappearance of glaciers, droughts in the mid-to-low latitudes, decreased crop productivity, increased sea levels and flooding, vanishing islands and coastal wetlands, greater storm frequency and intensity, the risk of species extinction and a significant spread of infectious disease. Robert N. Stavins
The average global temperature has increased by about 0.8 degrees Celsius since 1880, with two-thirds of the warming occurring since 1975. Robert N. Stavins
China may achieve its goal of reducing the carbon intensity of its economy (the ratio of carbon dioxide emissions per unit of output) by 45 percent below its 2005 level by 2020. But the country is growing so fast that its coal consumption and greenhouse gas emissions are expected to continue to increase. China is expected to add the equivalent of a new 500-megawatt coal-fired electric plant every 10 days for the next decade... Robert N. Stavins
A state becomes “rentier” if oil, gas, and mineral rents constitute over 40 percent of its revenues…. This maintains the rulers. Ahmet T. Kuru
They are one of the most profitable industries in the world, and they’re throwing money into Washington DC. They’re buying politicians. Kate Colarulli
The only way we can hope to combat climate change, protect our precious land and water, and prevent future extreme weather disasters is to cut the carbon pollution that’s warming our planet, and replace dirty energy sources with clean, renewable sources. Robert Redford
I do not like to see anything destroyed; any void produced in society; any ruin on the face of the land. Edmund Burke
Nature admits no lie. Thomas Carlyle
Nature is nobody's ally. Herman Melville
We have not done those things that are necessary to lower emissions because those things conflict with deregulated capitalism. We are stuck, because those things that would give us the best chance of averting catastrophe … are extremely threatening to an elite minority that has a strangle-hold over our economy, our political process, and most of our major media outlets. Naomi Klein
No water—no jobs. Shini Somara
In our wildest dreams we never thought water would be a zero-sum game. Joe Del Bosque
Climate change is a global problem. Its impacts do not respect national borders. No nation can deal with it alone. We must all work together, building joint capability to deal with these emerging threats. . Chuck Hagel
There is enough water ... but the systems we have in place do not have enough flexibility to move water to the places where it is most needed. Jim Lochhead
Farmers had resisted transfers of water to cities at least since California’s water wars a century ago.. Eduardo Porter
Paper making was the first of the recycling industries. Guilemme Montgolfier
We have hysteria over climate change. Powers bigger than us have already figured out how to save the earth. Bob Beauprez
Manufacturers to Green when it makes more Green. Jeffery H. Toney
I have always seen pollution as theft. Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
In the end, we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught. Baba Dioum
Governor Nelson Rockefeller spent more money in New York to assure clean water than did the entire Federal Government. Richard Norton Smith
In 2012, Coke used more water than close to a quarter of the world’s population.. Bartow J. Elmore
No challenge is more of a threat to our children than global warming. Barack Obama
Within only 2,000 years of humanity’s arrival in the New World, indigenous peoples drove to extinction 84 of the 107 genera of large mammals – all before the invention of the wheel, writing or iron tools. Avi Tuschman
Global warming might be the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people. James Inhofe
Global warming is the greatest hoax perpetrated on the American people James Inhofe
When the well is dry, we learn the worth of water. Benjamin Franklin
Our oil policy should be to find more and use less. Mitch McConnell
Oh Beautiful for smoggy skies, insecticided grain, / For strip-mined mountain's majesty above the asphalt plain. / America, America, man sheds his waste on thee, / And hides the pines with billboard signs, from sea to oily sea. George Carlin
There is nothing wrong from divesting from coal. It certainly is immoral to profit from the extraction of fossil fuels... But we ask these college students to just divest. Nothing happens. People just sell their stock. Mike Roselle
The conservation movement, the environmental movement as we know it, really needed to adopt some of the tactics that the civil rights movement and the anti-nuclear movement were already using successfully. Mike Roselle
I have a lot of memories of moments when we defied the odds, when we stopped a timber sale or a nuclear bomb test, and that to me is the true reward. Mike Roselle
... We've laid the groundwork to protect our planet. But the resulting opportunities can be seized only if the next president follows the science, recognizes the dangers of doing nothing, and musters the political will to address the threat. Joe Biden
That public parks should exist at all was a radical idea. Nathaniel Rich
Venezuela’s state oil company routinely spends more on social programs then it does on exploration and production. Lisa Viscidi
People mean well. But there is an unintended consequence of giving people bigger recycling bins and more opportunities to recycle—soon they want to recycle everything. David P. Steiner
When prices [for recycled material] are high, we’ll pay you to recycle. When prices are high, we have to charge you. David P. Steiner
We can turn your bottles back into oil. We can burn it to make energy. Our we can put it in a landfill. There’s a green spectrum. And a cost spectrum. The most green is the most expensive. David P. Steiner
Innovation is the answer to most problems including energy. Bill Gates
The government spends $30 Billion a year on basic health research and the results have been fantastic for the country and the world. Bill Gates
Government Enviornmental poisitions are tradeoffs. In that process, Democrats tend to worry more about the harm done to the enviornment and the health of the people; Republicans tend to worry more about harm to business and the economy. David Brooks
More countries have agreed to the Paris Climate accords than have ever agreed to anything else in the world. Tom Steyer
Companies that are owners and producers of oil, natural gas, or coal reserves are excluded from our mutual funds. As inverstors we are not simply passive actors. Each investment is a decision to allocate capital. We should be mindful or the wider implications. This is particualrly true for climate change, which places all life at risk. We are now living on a planet whose atmosphere ahs changed int one that no human being has ever excperienced before. Amy Domini
I want to work hard toward my goal that there will be zero nuclear power generation. Junichiro Koizumi
There is nothing more costly than nuclear power. Junichiro Koizumi
People have to carry on with their lives, so only so much direct action can take place. Anti-nuclear activism may look dormant from appearances, but it’s there, like magma. It’s still brewing, and the next trigger might be another big protest or political change, Koichi Nakano
These sailors are supposed to be very healthy. It’s not a normal situation. It is unbelievable that just in four or five years that these healthy sailors would become so sick. They gave their utmost efforts to help the Japanese people, I am no longer in government, but I couldn’t just let nothing be done. Junichiro Koizumi
Some Japanese officials are already mulling over the idea of developing long-range missiles for possible preemptive strikes against North Korea. And South Korea has been developing longer range missiles that can not only hit all of North Korea, but parts of China. “Meanwhile, both Japan and China are planning to open up massive reprocessing plants that could make one to 2,000 nuclear weapons worth of plutonium a year, even though there is no economic justification for opening such plants -- they're enormous money losers. And, of course, South Korea doesn't want to be left behind -- hawkish politicians there keep voicing a desire to develop an option to go nuclear. All this is a prescription for mischief and, if it’s not arrested, will end in a vale of tears. Henry D. Sokolski
Global Warming -- a lot of it is a hoax. It's a hoax. Donald Trump
This is the beginning of a trend that will only accelerate, We're talking abouit an infinite feul source. Andrés Rebolledo
I care about the enviornment; I really do. But when you see that money, then you don't care. Becasue your getting the thing you need. Reecca Ten Bear Reed
There is no Plan B becasue there is no Planet B. Emmanuel Macron
People are dying in this country. I am begging, begging anyone that can hear us, to save us from dying. If anybody out there is listening to us, we are dying and you are killing us with the inefficiency and the bureaucracy... This is what we got last night: four pallets of water, three pallets of meals, and 12 pallets of infant food — which, I gave them to the people of Comerio, where people are drinking off a creek. So I am done being polite. I am done being politically correct. I am mad as hell. We are dying here. And I cannot fathom the thought that the greatest nation in the world cannot figure out the logistics for a small island of 100 miles by 35 miles. So, mayday, we are in trouble. Carmen Yulín Cruz
We are always inclined to love and care for that which we know. Washington Wachira
In 50 years, every street in London will be buried under 9 feet of manure. London Times
The ice doesn't care who's in the White House. It doesn't care which party controls your congress. It doesn't care which party controls your parliament. It just melts. David Titley
We basically have three choices: mitigation, adaptation and suffering. We’re going to do some of each. The question is what the mix is going to be. The more mitigation we do, the less adaptation will be required and the less suffering there will be. John Holdren
Mitigation and adaptation spending are not equivalent. Mitigation spending will go to new energy systems, new public transit systems, new agricultural systems. It will yield innovation, higher productivity, new jobs, and improved quality of life. It’s like paying for your kid to go to college or building a factory for your business — the high upfront costs yield substantial long-term returns, paying themselves back many times over. Mitigation spending is investment. Adaptation spending isn’t like that. It goes to maintaining the value of existing investments. It’s as though the maintenance costs on your factory doubled. You’re not getting any additional value out of the factory, you’re just putting more money in. Adaptation spending is pure cost, a net loss that displaces other productive investments. David Roverts (Writer)
The US coal industry is in terminal decline. Though it is flailing about desperately for subsidies, and regulatory loopholes — the kinds of political favors that have kept it afloat for so long — at this point it is merely delaying the inevitable.... Loyalty to coal is declining even where it most concentrated: Between 2016 and 2017, strong support for a phaseout rose by 13 percent, and overall support by 9 percent, in states with active coal mines. Strong opposition among Republicans fell by 14 percent. Meanwhile, strong support among Democrats rose by the same amount. Majorities of Democrats (56 percent) and independents (54 percent) now support a coal phaseout. While Americans still seem lukewarm on reducing fossil fuel production in general, and they are ambivalent and uncertain about natural gas, they are rapidly turning against coal.... David Roverts (Writer)
Why do today's non-stop shocks -- why don't they spur us into action? Why don't they produce leaps? Especially when it comes to climate change. Naomi Klein
We are going to strangle ourselves in our own growth. John Hickenlooper
We are now heading down a centuries-long path toward increasing the productivity of our natural capital - the resource systems upon which we depend to live - instead of our human capital. Paul Hawken
Sadly, it's much easier to create a desert than a forest. James Lovelock
If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer. But if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen. Henry David Thoreau
Try to leave the Earth a better place than when you arrived. Sidney Sheldon
If we gave up eating beef we would have roughly 20 to 30 times more land for food than we have now. James Lovelock
It's obvious nonsense, but it makes nice people feel good about themselves to do their bit for the planet. It's vanity of a grotesque kind to believe that mankind, and our 'carbon footprint', has more impact on the future of Earth than Nature, which bends our planet to its will, as it sees fit. Charles Saatchi
'Being green' is commendable, but I hope that people don't take too much pride and self-adoration because they shut off the water when they brushed their teeth. The truth of the matter is, conservation alone will do little to save our planet. Naveen Jain
In places where this beauty has already disappeared, we will reconstruct it. Fritz Todt
After all, sustainability means running the global environment - Earth Inc. - like a corporation: with depreciation, amortization and maintenance accounts. In other words, keeping the asset whole, rather than undermining your natural capital. Maurice Strong
Journey with me to a true commitment to our environment. Journey with me to the serenity of leaving to our children a planet in equilibrium. Paul Tsongas
In addition to contributing to erosion, pollution, food poisoning, and the dead zone, corn requires huge amounts of fossil fuel - it takes a half gallon of fossil fuel to produce a bushel of corn. Michael Pollan
Nature is the mother and the habitat of man, even if sometimes a stepmother and an unfriendly home. John Dewey
Keep close to Nature's heart... and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean. John Muir
I think so long as fossil fuels are cheap, people will use them and it will postpone a movement towards new technologies. Paul Krugman
People need to be cautious because anything built by man can be destroyed by Mother Nature. Russel Honore
Unless we keep this planet healthy, everything else is for naught. Victoria Principal
Pushing production out of America to nations without our environmental standards increases global environmental risks. Frank Murkowski
For me, going vegan was an ethical and environmental decision. I'm doing the right thing by the animals. Alexandra Paul
Just as modern mass production requires the standardization of commodities, so the social process requires standardization of man, and this standardization is called equality. Erich Fromm
Yet, despite our many advances, our environment is still threatened by a range of problems, including global climate change, energy dependence on unsustainable fossil fuels, and loss of biodiversity. Dan Lipinski
The Earth does not belong to us: we belong to the Earth. Marlee Matlin
I had never been able to get a car that said how much I cared about the environment until I drove electric. Alexandra Paul
If we bestow but a very little attention to the economy of the animal creation, we shall find manifest examples of premeditation, perseverance, resolution, and consumate artifice, in order to effect their purpose. William Bartram
If people destroy something replaceable made by mankind, they are called vandals; if they destroy something irreplaceable made by God, they are called developers. Joseph Wood Krutch
It seems that every time mankind is given a lot of energy, we go out and wreck something with it. David R. Brower
I see humanity now as one vast plant, needing for its highest fulfillment only love, the natural blessings of the great outdoors, and intelligent crossing and selection. Luther Burbank
They claim this mother of ours, the Earth, for their own use, and fence their neighbors away from her, and deface her with their buildings and their refuse. Sitting Bull
If we do not permit the earth to produce beauty and joy, it will in the end not produce food, either. Joseph Wood Krutch
Much of the debate over global warming is predicated on fear, rather than science. James Inhofe
Environmentalism is a form of pagan fundamentalism. These green wackos are fanatics like al-Quaida. Just like them. G. Gordon Liddy
Maintaining healthy forests is essential to those who make a living from the land and for those of us who use them for recreational purposes. Cathy McMorris Rodgers
In a few decades, the relationship between the environment, resources and conflict may seem almost as obvious as the connection we see today between human rights, democracy and peace. Wangari Maathai
In Kenya women are the first victims of environmental degradation, because they are the ones who walk for hours looking for water, who fetch firewood, who provide food for their families. Wangari Maathai
The reality is gas prices should be much more expensive then they are because we're not incorporating the true damage to the environment and the hidden costs of mining oil and transporting it to the U.S. Whenever you have an unpriced externality, you have a bit of a market failure, to the degree that eternality remains unpriced. Elon Musk
Under the Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star Program, homes are independently verified to be measurably more energy efficient than average houses. Melissa Bean
If we're destroying our trees and destroying our environment and hurting animals and hurting one another and all that stuff, there's got to be a very powerful energy to fight that. I think we need more love in the world. We need more kindness, more compassion, more joy, more laughter. I definitely want to contribute to that. Ellen DeGeneres
We assume that everything's becoming more efficient, and in an immediate sense that's true; our lives are better in many ways. But that improvement has been gained through a massively inefficient use of natural resources. Paul Hawken
I can find God in nature, in animals, in birds and the environment. Pat Buckley
When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe. John Muir
All is connected... no one thing can change by itself. Paul Hawken
The real cure for our environmental problems is to understand that our job is to salvage Mother Nature. We are facing a formidable enemy in this field. It is the hunters... and to convince them to leave their guns on the wall is going to be very difficult. Jacques Yves Cousteau
Green-tech could be the largest economic opportunity of the 21st Century. John Doerr
Raising awareness on the most pressing environmental issues of our time is more important than ever. Leonardo DiCaprio
Our world faces a true planetary emergency. I know the phrase sounds shrill, and I know it's a challenge to the moral imagination. Al Gore
We may achieve climate, but weather is thrust upon us. O. Henry
No one is an environmentalist by birth. It is only your path, your life, your travels that awaken you. Yann Arthus-Bertrand
Biofuels such as ethanol require enormous amounts of cropland and end up displacing either food crops or natural wilderness, neither of which is good. Elon Musk
I'm very concerned for the future of the earth and its amazing creatures. We've got to be careful and make sure we don't foul our own nest. John Lithgow
Why are ecologists and environmentalists so feared and hated? This is because in part what they have to say is new to the general public, and the new is always alarming. Garrett Hardin
A knowledgeable and courageous U.S. president could help enormously in leading the world's nations toward saving the climate. Donella Meadows
Energy conservation is the foundation of energy independence. Tom Allen
No one should be able to enter a wilderness by mechanical means. Garrett Hardin
Harmony with land is like harmony with a friend; you cannot cherish his right hand and chop off his left. Aldo Leopold
Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it. Henry David Thoreau
I did not become a vegetarian for my health, I did it for the health of the chickens. Isaac Bashevis Singer
Mother Nature comes up against reality, and the reality is that the system doesn't work. John Garamendi
Nuclear power will help provide the electricity that our growing economy needs without increasing emissions. This is truly an environmentally responsible source of energy. Michael Burgess
The most important thing about global warming is this. Whether humans are responsible for the bulk of climate change is going to be left to the scientists, but it's all of our responsibility to leave this planet in better shape for the future generations than we found it. Mike Huckabee
The time is right for electric cars - in fact the time is critical. Carlos Ghosn
Every drop in the ocean counts. Yoko Ono
Without the oceans there would be no life on Earth. Peter Benchley
Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth. Henry David Thoreau
The high prices also highlight the fact that the U.S. is too heavily dependent on fossil fuels that we import from unstable parts of the world. To protect our national security, we must become more energy secure. Dan Lipinski
The Endangered Species Act is the strongest and most effective tool we have to repair the environmental harm that is causing a species to decline. Norm Dicks
Mankind has probably done more damage to the Earth in the 20th century than in all of previous human history. Jacques Yves Cousteau
By polluting clear water with slime you will never find good drinking water. Aeschylus
Birds are indicators of the environment. If they are in trouble, we know we'll soon be in trouble. Roger Tory Peterson
You don't have to live in the country and grow your own food to be green. Shalom Harlow
We won't have a society if we destroy the environment. Margaret Mead
Climate change is a terrible problem, and it absolutely needs to be solved. It deserves to be a huge priority. Bill Gates
To be clear, climate change is a true 800 pound gorilla in the room. The effects of global warming threaten global environmental upheaval over the coming century. But for South Florida and the Everglades, it could be our death knell if urgent action is not taken. Debbie Wasserman Schultz
I don't think we're going to save anything if we go around talking about saving plants and animals only; we've got to translate that into what's in it for us. Jim Fowler
When all the world appears to be in a tumult, and nature itself is feeling the assault of climate change, the seasons retain their essential rhythm. Yes, fall gives us a premonition of winter, but then, winter, will be forced to relent, once again, to the new beginnings of soft greens, longer light, and the sweet air of spring. Madeleine M. Kunin
It's not unexpected that shooting massive amounts of water, sand, and chemicals at high pressure into the earth to shatter shale and release natural gas might shake things up. But earthquakes aren't the worst problem with fracking. David Suzuki
I really believe in the environmental movement right now - it only takes a little effort to make a big difference. Brooke Burke
In today's world, it is no longer unimaginable to think that business can operate - and even thrive - in an environmentally-friendly manner. Olympia Snowe
Population, when unchecked, goes on doubling itself every 25 years or increases in a geometrical ratio. Thomas Malthus
Natural gas is a better transportation fuel than gasoline, so if that's the case, it's cheaper, it's cleaner and it's a domestic resource. T. Boone Pickens
I firmly believe that we can have a healthy environment and a sustainable timber industry. Frank Murkowski
I find it interesting that many of the people who want to restrict fossil fuels live in well-developed countries where abundant and affordable energy is readily available. Lee R. Raymond
Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land. Aldo Leopold
The hydrogen powered car, with its high fuel mileage and zero emission rate, is just one example of the products under development that will help increase our energy independence. Dan Lipinski
Climate change is happening, humans are causing it, and I think this is perhaps the most serious environmental issue facing us. Bill Nye
The sooner we get started with alternative energy sources and recognize that fossil fuels makes us less secure as a nation, and more dangerous as a planet, the better off we'll be. Lindsey Graham
Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage cans. Jacques Yves Cousteau
I think the environment should be put in the category of our national security. Defense of our resources is just as important as defense abroad. Otherwise what is there to defend? Robert Redford
Take a course in good water and air; and in the eternal youth of Nature you may renew your own. Go quietly, alone; no harm will befall you. John Muir
Not all is doom and gloom. We are beginning to understand the natural world and are gaining a reverence for life - all life. Roger Tory Peterson
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead
We have no reason to think that climate change is harmful if you look at the world as a whole. Most places, in fact, are better off being warmer than being colder. And historically, the really bad times for the environment and for people have been the cold periods rather than the warm periods. Freeman Dyson
There is a muscular energy in sunlight corresponding to the spiritual energy of wind. Annie Dillard
The government should set a goal for a clean environment but not mandate how that goal should be implemented. Dixie Lee Ray
I think Captain Cousteau might be the father of the environmental movement. Ted Turner
I think the future for solar energy is bright. Ken Salazar
Fracking has been used for more than 60 years to successfully drill over a million oil and gas wells in the U.S. Nonetheless, the prevailing mythology on the radical left is that the technology is 'poisoning our children' by polluting the water we drink and the air we breathe. Bob Beauprez
Environmental concern is now firmly embedded in public life: in education, medicine and law; in journalism, literature and art. Barry Commoner
You cannot achieve environmental security and human development without addressing the basic issues of health and nutrition. Gro Harlem Brundtland
Why has it seemed that the only way to protect the environment is with heavy-handed government regulation? Gale Norton
Nature is regulating our climate for free. Mother Nature, she's been doing that for free, for a long, long time. Now do you really want to get in there and do geo-engineering and all this kind of stuff? Thomas Friedman
Public discourse has been polluted now for decades by corporate-funded disinformation - not just with climate change but with a host of health, environmental and societal threats. The implications for the planet are grim. Michael E. Mann
Nevertheless, there is another threat on the horizon. I see this threat in environmentalism which is becoming a new dominant ideology, if not a religion. Its main weapon is raising the alarm and predicting the human life endangering climate change based on man-made global warming. Vaclav Klaus
I think the cost of energy will come down when we make this transition to renewable energy. Al Gore
Moral codes adjust themselves to environmental conditions. Will Durant
I'm anti-tax, but I'm pro-carbon tax. Elon Musk
You may be able to fool the voters, but not the atmosphere. Donella Meadows
Take air quality in the United States today: It's about 30 percent better than it was 25 years ago, even though there are now more people driving more cars. Jared Diamond
China will soon emit more greenhouse gases than America, but its regime knows if it caps aspirations there will be a revolution. James Lovelock
If you cut down a forest, it doesn't matter how many sawmills you have if there are no more trees. Susan George
We can have technology, prosperity, nice homes and cars, but at the same time we must be conscious of what we are dumping into the water, the air and our food. Kevin Richardson
In fact, because of their connection to the land, farmers do more to protect and preserve our environment than almost anyone else. They are some of the best environmentalists around. Ike Skelton
If we don't continue to pursue alternative, emissions-free energy sources like nuclear fuel, we are at risk of increasing our dependence on costly natural gas. Judy Biggert
Mankind is considered (by the radical environmentalists) the lowest and the meanest of all species and is blamed for everything. Dixie Lee Ray
I do believe very strongly that all of us and all of the other things in the context of our planet with Mother Nature, all of these things absolutely have a profound effect. Kiefer Sutherland
The cheapest natural gas in the world is in the United States. T. Boone Pickens
The future will either be green or not at all. Bob Brown
Every time I have some moment on a seashore, or in the mountains, or sometimes in a quiet forest, I think this is why the environment has to be preserved. Bill Bradley
There is no place where we can safely store worn-out reactors or their garbage. No place! David R. Brower
As you heat the planet up, it's just like boiling a pot. Elon Musk
If you can't be in awe of Mother Nature, there's something wrong with you. Alex Trebek
Mother Nature is not sweet. John Shelby Spong
It seems to me like Mother Nature's mercy and forgiveness have run dry, as we ceaselessly abuse her and take her for granted in order for us to continue our addiction to using fossil fuels. I've gotta say, I don't blame her. Not one bit. Gloria Reuben
We learned that economic growth and environmental protection can and should go hand in hand. Christopher Dodd
I think the government has to reposition environment on top of their national and international priorities. Brian Mulroney
I would point out that if you're a believer in the Bible, one would have to say the Great Flood is an example of climate change and that certainly wasn't because mankind had overdeveloped hydrocarbon energy. Joe Barton
The environment is everything that isn't me. Albert Einstein
Within 10 years it will be impossible to travel to the North Pole by dog team. There will be too much open water. Will Steger
Liberals in Congress have spent the past three decades pandering to environmental extremists. The policies they have put in place are in large part responsible for the energy crunch we are seeing today. We have not built a refinery in this country for 30 years. Marsha Blackburn
We must return to nature and nature's god. Luther Burbank
The only way forward, if we are going to improve the quality of the environment, is to get everybody involved. Richard Rogers
You will die but the carbon will not; its career does not end with you. It will return to the soil, and there a plant may take it up again in time, sending it once more on a cycle of plant and animal life. Jacob Bronowski
Environmental pollution is an incurable disease. It can only be prevented. Barry Commoner
Local innovation and initiative can help us better understand how to protect our environment. Gale Norton
We must move away from our dependency on fossil fuels, and I am glad that GM has invested over $1 billion in hydrogen fuel cells cars to meet this goal. Albert Wynn
We need to accept the seemingly obvious fact that a toxic environment can make people sick and that no amount of medical intervention can protect us. The health care community must become a powerful political lobby for environmental policy and legislation. Andrew Weil
We don't have to sacrifice a strong economy for a healthy environment. Dennis Weaver
When we realize we can make a buck cleaning up the environment, it will be done! Dennis Weaver
Destroying rainforest for economic gain is like burning a Renaissance painting to cook a meal. E. O. Wilson
If all mankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed ten thousand years ago. If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos. E. O. Wilson
Environmental policy must strike a balance between the earth's best interests and our citizen's pressing needs. Jim Clyburn
A majority of American citizens are now becoming skeptical of the claim that our carbon footprints, resulting from our use of fossil fuels, are going to lead to climatic calamities. But governments are not yet listening to the citizens. John Coleman
People blame their environment. There is only one person to blame - and only one - themselves. Robert Collier
We need more people with military background [in the conservation field]. The big problem is that the wildlife organizations hate to be seen as militaristic. But people in the United States don't understand the nasty people [poachers] you're dealing with. You have to deal with them in like manner. Nir Kalron
This is a story of government failurew, intransigence, unpreparedness, delay, inaction, and environmental injustice. Flint Water Advisory Taskforce
The problem of oil, it might be tersely said, is that there is always too much or too little. Myron Watkins
May you sell everything and retire to Florida just as global warming makes it uninhabitable. May you live to a hundred and twenty without Social Security or Medicare. May your insurance company decide constipation is a pre-existing condition. Yiddish Proverbs & Curses
You either agree to implement the President’s policies or you resign. My conscience would not allow me to implement the withdrawal from the environmental Paris Accords. David Rank
So why don't people like this idea? Why isn't it taken more seriously? And there are some very good reasons for that. A lot of people really don't think we should be talking about this at all .... And the reason is that they're concerned that if people imagine there's some easy way out, that we won't give up our addiction to fossil fuels. And I do worry about that. I think it's actually a serious problem. But there's also, I think, a deeper problem, which is: nobody likes the idea of messing with the entire earth -- I certainly don't. I love this planet, I really do. And I don't want to mess with it. But we're already changing our atmosphere, we're already messing with it. And so I think it makes sense for us to look for ways to mitigate that impact. And we need to do research to do that. We need to understand the science behind that. Danny Hillis

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