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."
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?"