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precautionary principle


The Europeans insist on a precautionary principle... So it comes down to a clash between the can-do American ethos and the more skeptical or cautious European one.
James Graff  --  http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,46268,00.html(retrieved 08/26/08)
  policy of practicing caution when an activity is not well understood and could cause harm — especially to human health or the environment
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  • The Europeans insist on a precautionary principle... So it comes down to a clash between the can-do American ethos and the more skeptical or cautious European one.
    James Graff  --  http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,46268,00.html(retrieved 08/26/08)
  • The precautionary principle will almost always discourage new technology. Had fire, upon being invented, been evaluated by an environmental panel, we’d be living in cold huts today.
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Associated words [difficulty]:   precautionary principle , geopolitics [8] , pressure group [8] , whistleblower [9]
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