Future Sources of Organic Raw Materials

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Science  20 Oct 1978:
Vol. 202, Issue 4365, pp. 287-289
DOI: 10.1126/science.202.4365.287


Industrial organizations, academic institutions, and national governments should agree on the cooperative roles each will play in planning the decadesahead raw materials needs of the chemical industry, which is vital to a modern, international economic system. The raw material future of the industry depends as much on political and social concerns as it does on technical and economic considerations. The generation in charge now cannot in good conscience go on consuming the world's supply of hydrocarbons and not acknowledge a duty to generations that will follow.