By Barry Commoner
Within the final ten years, the United States—the strongest and technically complex society in human history—has been faced by way of a chain of ominous, likely 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 economic climate. those are typically considered as separate afflictions, every one to be solved in its personal phrases: environmental degradation through pollutants controls; the power challenge by means of discovering new assets of power and new methods of keeping it; the industrial problem by way of manipulating costs, taxes, and rates of interest.
But every one attempt to unravel one situation turns out to conflict with the answer of the others—pollution keep watch over reduces power offers; strength conservation jobs. necessarily, proponents of 1 answer develop into competitors 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 energy, the publication during which America's nice biologist and environmentalist addresses himself to the primary query of our day. He concludes that "what confronts us isn't really a chain of separate crises, yet a unmarried uncomplicated 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 contemplate what might be performed to right it at its root.