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Should Engineers Counteract Environmental Extremism?
|Title||Should Engineers Counteract Environmental Extremism?|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||1995|
|Authors||Chadderton, Ronald A.|
|Journal||Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education & Practice|
|Type of Article||Article|
|Keywords||ENGINEERING , ENVIRONMENTAL , ENVIRONMENTALISM|
This paper argues that extreme environmentalism, akin to a religion, is causing the expenditure of massive amounts of limited resources of both money and attention to solve relatively unimportant problems. The public perception of environmental problems is far removed from that of the scientific consensus. The attempt to reduce risk from man-made sources to zero, while ignoring much more substantial natural sources, diverts funds from real problems that could be addressed to alleviate suffering and disease. The author argues that engineers should promote quantitative solutions to environmental problems, and should appreciate the economics of pollution control and risk reduction.
Chadderton, Ronald A.; Source Info: Apr95, Vol. 121 Issue 2, p79; Subject Term: ENVIRONMENTALISM; Subject Term: ENGINEERING; Subject Term: ENVIRONMENTAL aspects; Subject Term: ENVIRONMENTAL policy; NAICS/Industry Codes: 924110 Administration of Air and Water Resource and Solid Waste Management Programs; Number of Pages: 6p; Document Type: Article