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The modern assault on the environment began about 50 years ago, during and immediately after World War II.
 

The most meaningful engine of change, powerful enough to confront corporate power, may be not so much environmental quality, as the economic development and growth associated with the effort to improve it.
 

The wave of new productive enterprises would provide opportunities to remedy the unjust distribution of environmental hazards among economic classes and racial and ethnic communities.
[Communities]
 

The weapons were conceived and created by a small band of physicists and chemists; they remain a cataclysmic threat to the whole of human society and the natural environment.
 

What is needed now is a transformation of the major systems of production more profound than even the sweeping post-World War II changes in production technology.
 

What is new is that environmentalism intensely illuminates the need to confront the corporate domain at its most powerful and guarded point - the exclusive right to govern the systems of production.
 

When you fully understand the situation, it is worse than you think.
 


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