When Time magazine put Barry Commoner on its cover in 1970, the accompanying article lauded the environmental scientist as "the Paul Revere of Ecology." In truth, that was a title better deserved by Rachel Carson, whose 1962 best seller Silent Spring first alerted Americans to the damage that pesticides were wreaking on what used to be called the "balance of nature." Commoner was really environmentalism's Patrick Henry - a strident, oft-confrontational firebrand who exhorted his countrymen and women to act decisively to protect the planet.
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