Status of Pollution-Control Technology
The emergence of environmental pollution as everybody's issue may be a victory for those foresighted scientists and conservationists whose warnings of impending crisis went unheeded for so many years. But winning popular support for an all-out attack on pollution is but the bare beginning of a solution. A big question is how to go about doing the job. And here the experts often do not agree. An even bigger question is how much people are willing to pay to restore their damaged earth, air, and waterways, and to prevent further depredations. Pay means not only money, which will run into many billions of dollars, but possibly the sacrifice of conveniences and luxuries so familiar as to seem necessities to most Americans.