Barry Commoner, 1917-2012


Barry Commoner has died.

Commoner, 95, was one of the founders of the ecology movement. On the advent of the first Earth Day in 1970, Time magazine called him the Paul Revere of Ecology.

The New York Times conducted this interview with him 6 years ago for its obituary on him today.

Commoner ran for president in 1980 and was a non-factor, except in matters of political advertising. His radio commercial started with the word, “bullsh*t”.” Radio stations complained that they couldn’t air an obscenity like that but the rules on political advertising were clear: Radio stations could not dictate political advertising. Commoner knew the law well and worked the loophole.

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