Doubt is Their Product : How Industry's Assault on Science Threatens Your Health: How Industry's Assault on Science Threatens Your Health (Google eBook)

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Oxford University Press, Apr 14, 2008 - Health & Fitness - 384 pages
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"Doubt is our product," a cigarette executive once observed, "since it is the best means of competing with the 'body of fact' that exists in the minds of the general public. It is also the means of establishing a controversy." In this eye-opening expose, David Michaels reveals how the tobacco industry's duplicitous tactics spawned a multimillion dollar industry that is dismantling public health safeguards. Product defense consultants, he argues, have increasingly skewed the scientific literature, manufactured and magnified scientific uncertainty, and influenced policy decisions to the advantage of polluters and the manufacturers of dangerous products. To keep the public confused about the hazards posed by global warming, second-hand smoke, asbestos, lead, plastics, and many other toxic materials, industry executives have hired unscrupulous scientists and lobbyists to dispute scientific evidence about health risks. In doing so, they have not only delayed action on specific hazards, but they have constructed barriers to make it harder for lawmakers, government agencies, and courts to respond to future threats. The Orwellian strategy of dismissing research conducted by the scientific community as "junk science" and elevating science conducted by product defense specialists to "sound science" status also creates confusion about the very nature of scientific inquiry and undermines the public's confidence in science's ability to address public health and environmental concerns Such reckless practices have long existed, but Michaels argues that the Bush administration deepened the dysfunction by virtually handing over regulatory agencies to the very corporate powers whose products and behavior they are charged with overseeing. In Doubt Is Their Product Michaels proves, beyond a doubt, that our regulatory system has been broken. He offers concrete, workable suggestions for how it can be restored by taking the politics out of science and ensuring that concern for public safety, rather than private profits, guides our regulatory policy. Named one of the best Sci-Tech books of 2008 by Library Journal!
  

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Doubt is Their Product: How Industry’s Assault on Science Threatens Your Health David Michaels, 2008 This heavily documented but readable book discusses the ways in which industry fights against ... Read full review

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I am with Michaels in his fight to regulate toxic and hazardous substances, and I am angry (but not surprised) at the cynical, reckless industrial behaviour that he documents so thoroughly in his book ... Read full review

Contents

1 The Manufacture of Doubt
3
Waiting for the Body Count
12
3 America Demands Protection
29
4 Why Our Children Are Smarter Than We Are
38
5 The Enronization of Science
45
How Mercenary Scientists Mislead You
60
7 Defending Secondhand Smoke
79
8 Still Waiting for the Body Count
91
The Most Influential Supreme Court Ruling Youve Never Heard Of
161
14 The Institutionalization of Uncertainty
176
15 The Bush Administrations Political Science
192
16 Making Peace with the Past
212
17 Four Ways to Make the Courts Count
232
A Dozen Ways to Improve Our Regulatory System
241
Acknowledgments
267
Abbreviations and Acronyms
271

9 ChromePlated Mischief
97
OSHA Gives Up
110
11 Defending the Taxicab Standard
124
12 The Country Has a Drug Problem
142
References
275
Index
357
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