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Re: Pollution free chemicals?

Not much of a chance unless consumers change a whole bunch.  For example,
are people willing to wear clothes that have colors that only come from
natural sources that don't pollute.  There will be very few colors and very
poor colors.  When we make chemicals from natural sources, there are
chemicals and waste that can not be used.  Are consumers willing to pay the
extra money to find ways to deal with these?  Remember, even natural
sources have problems.  Many contain carcinogens.  What do we do with
those?  The idea of no pollution can be done.  The bottom line is money. 
Are we willing to pay for it???  I read recently that people wanted a
better wastewater system in their area.  It could be done, but the cost was
$35/month per consumer.  The system is now being studied for feasability.

Dr. Henry Boyter, Jr. Ph.D. Chemist

The opinions of Dr. Boyter are provided for informational purposes only and
should not be used as advice.  No warranty or expression of professionalism
is implied.

From: Pat Gallagher <PAT_GALLAGHER@nmenv.state.nm.us>
To: p2tech@great-lakes.net
Subject: Pollution free chemicals?
Date: Monday, March 23, 1998 12:06 PM

Dear P2 techers:

A friend of mine sent me this email message and not being a chemist, I 
couldn't answer.  How realistic is this future projection?

The latest issue of the Use Less Stuff Report states that the editors of 
Chemical and
Engineering News have predicted that 25 years from now plants (green 
ones, not
factories) will become the main source of oil and plastics and green 
chemistry and
similar technologies will eliminate pollution from industry. Virtually 
no pollution
will come from chemical plants.  Do you think this is a fair prediction? 
 Just curious, this
is interesting to me.

Pat Gallagher