Proceedings of the New Zealand Ecological Society (1972) 19: 5- 6

Engineering and Ecology: Opening address: Engineering and ecology—what is at issue?

Report to Annual Meeting
H. R. Williams  
  1. General Manager, Shell B.P. Todd Oil Services.

Emotion rather than studied reason seems to pervade virtually all discussions of environmental problems these days. "Pollution" has become a loaded word implicitly condemning what it describes. The anti-pollution lobby is vociferous and its condemnation of industry may be dangerously indiscriminate; pollution is an economic not a moral issue.