Barry Commoner — American Scientist born on May 28, 1917, died on September 30, 2012

Barry Commoner was an American biologist, college professor, and politician. He was a leading ecologist and among the founders of the modern environmental movement. He ran for president of the United States in the 1980 U.S. presidential election on the Citizens Party ticket. He served as editor of Science Illustrated magazine... (wikipedia)

Environmental pollution is an incurable disease. It can only be prevented.
After all, despite the economic advantage to firms that employed child labor, it was in the social interest, as a national policy, to abolish it - removing that advantage for all firms.
If you can see the light at the end of the tunnel, you are looking the wrong way.
The first law of ecology is that everything is related to everything else.
There is no such thing as a free lunch.