By Barry Commoner
Within the final ten years, the United States—the strongest and technically complicated society in human history—has been faced via a sequence of ominous, doubtless intractable crises. First there has been the possibility to the environmental survival; then there has been the obvious scarcity of strength: and now there's the unforeseen decline of the financial system. those tend to be considered as separate afflictions, every one to be solved in its personal phrases: environmental degradation by means of toxins controls; the power challenge via discovering new assets of strength and new methods of holding it; the commercial predicament by way of manipulating costs, taxes, and rates of interest.
But each one attempt to resolve one drawback turns out to conflict with the answer of the others—pollution keep watch over reduces power offers; strength conservation jobs. necessarily, proponents of 1 resolution turn into rivals of the others. coverage stagnates and remedial motion is paralyzed, including to the confusion and gloom that beset the country."
So opens Barry Commoner's The Poverty of strength, the ebook within which America's nice biologist and environmentalist addresses himself to the principal query of our day. He concludes that "what confronts us isn't really a sequence of separate crises, yet a unmarried easy deficit—a fault that lies deep within the layout of contemporary society. This publication is an attempt to unearth that fault, to track its relation to the separate crises, and to think about what will be performed to right it at its root.