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ERIC Number: ED046836
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970-Nov-26
Pages: 12
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Resource Use Planning.
Clawson, Marion
Although there is valid concern with the limited supply of natural resources and how this supply is affected by increasing population and a life style based on consumption, a more important concern is with the future quality of those natural resources. The focus in the past has been on the production of goods for sale, very little on the welfare of the consumer, not at all on what happens after the consumer has discarded a product. But there is increasing awareness that unlimited and uninhibited personal consumption is simply incompatible with preservation of resources and environmental quality. American people will be forced to decide how much of a trade-off they want to make between environmental quality and consumption. Pollution exists not as a result of the evil actions of one or a few polluters, but as part of a large and complex production and consumption structure. Fundamental changes in this whole production-consumption-residual cycle will have to be made and, although individual action has a role in this change, this role is limited. Greater social-legal controls over individual action will be a necessary force in bringing about this change. Despite the loss to the individual of certain specific freedoms, a reasonable curbing of uninhibited action may actually increase freedom for all. (JLB)
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