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Comment: 23:32 - 24:46 (01:14)
Source: Annenberg/CPB Resources - Earth Revealed - 1. Down to Earth
Keywords: "Gary Ernst", "resource extraction", "environmental protection", geologist

Our transcription: Geologists and earth scientists in general are the scientists who are capable of dealing with the problems of resource extraction and environmental protection.
We, therefore, have a dual obligation to society to maintain our material base by providing the resources to the populace and by maintaining some control over environmental degradation.
We can't have it both ways.
Every time we modify the environment to some extent it is degraded.
We can't make it better, no matter what some of the ads may say; so we've got to be certain that we use our resources as wisely as possible.
Earth scientists know the nature of the resources, where they're located, what their occurrence is, how can we extract them efficiently.
That must be an important goal for the future, to make certain that we use our resources as efficiently and as effectively as possible with as little waste as possible for future generations.

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