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FORECAST FOR DISASTER
Robert H. Boyle
November 16, 1987
Man-made pollutants are producing changes in the earth's climate that may prove catastrophic
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November 16, 1987

Forecast For Disaster

Man-made pollutants are producing changes in the earth's climate that may prove catastrophic

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?Establish a national institute devoted to basic environmental research. Says Oppenheimer: "We need a national commitment comparable to the Manhattan Project, not only so we can understand what the consequences of global change are for man, but so that we can be in the forefront of the development of alternative energy sources that will help limit this problem. I envision a multibillion dollar scientific effort. It's as important as national defense. It is the national defense. If we do nothing waiting for the atmosphere to change and for unpleasant consequences to occur, it will be too late for us to avoid disruptive and devastating changes."

?Discontinue basic environmental research by or funded by EPA and the Department of Energy. These agencies are unreliable because they are heavily influenced by political pressures. Last January, Broecker bluntly told the Senate Subcommittee on Environmental Protection, "I believe that most scientists would agree with me that the handling of research on greenhouse gases by DOE [the Department of Energy] and on acid rain by EPA has been a disaster."

Will the world act in time? As Rowland, who won eight varsity letters in basketball and baseball at Ohio Wesleyan and the University of Chicago, puts it, "The key thing about baseball is, there is always next year, another season. The question for the earth now is, will there be a next year?"

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