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Doubt Is Their Product

How Industry's Assault on Science Threatens Your Health

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In this eye-opening expose, David Michaels reveals how unscrupulous product-defense consultants have increasingly shaped and skewed the scientific literature, manufactured and magnified scientific uncertainty, and influenced policy decisions to the advantage of polluters and the manufacturers of dangerous products. He proves that our regulatory system is broken and 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.
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Neal Lane, former Science Advisor to President Bill Clinton and former Director of the National Science Foundation This well-researched book by someone who truly knows the system is a must read for anyone who wants to understand the cozy relationship between industry and regulatory agencies on matters that affect the health and safety of our families and neighbors. The cited examples illustrate how, with the help of irresponsible members of Congress and other public officials, corporate greed can trump any sense of ethics, morality, and human compassion.

Dava Sobel, author of Longitude and Galileo's Daughter This brave, shocking book exposes the abuse of science by government and industry in ways that endanger the workplace, the home, the water supply, the air quality-in fact, our planet as a whole. David Michaels speaks authoritatively from his firsthand experience as a champion of occupational safety and health. He tells a terrific story.

Vanity Fair, Green Issue, May 2008 In Doubt Is Their Product, David Michaels calls out the corporations you'll recognize them that bankroll lobbyists and unethical scientists to attack factual evidence that their products, such as asbestos, lead, and tobacco, are deadly.

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Nature David Michaels has written a powerful, thorough indictment of the way big business has ignored, suppressed or distorted vital scientific evidence to the detriment of the public's health.

From Newsweek, 5/12/08 _ That science can be bought is hardly news to anyone who knows about tobacco "scientists." But how pervasive, effective and stealthy this science-for-hire is-as masterfully documented by David Michaels of George Washington University in his new book, "Doubt Is Their Product: How Industry's Assault on Science Threatens Your Health"-will shock anyone who still believes that "science" and "integrity" are s...

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David Michaels, PhD, MPH, is Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health. He served as Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) under President Barack Obama. Prior to that, he served under President Bill Clinton as Assistant Secretary of Energy for Environment, Safety, and Health. He is also the author of The Triumph of Doubt (OUP 2020).


Acknowledgements Introduction: "Sound Science" or "Sounds Like Science?" 1. "Doubt Is Our Product" 2. Waiting for the Body Count 3. America Demands Protection 4. Why our Children are Smarter Than We Are 5. The Enronization of Science 6. Tricks of the Trade: How Mercenary Scientists Mislead You 7. Defending Secondhand Smoke 8. Still Waiting for the Body Count 9. Chrome-Plated Mischief 10. OSHA Gives Up 11. Defending the Taxicab Standard 12. The Country has a Drug Problem 13. Daubert: The Most Influential Supreme Court Ruling You've Never Heard Of 14. The Institutionalization of Uncertainty 15. The Bush Administration's Political Science 16. Making Peace with the Past 17. Four Ways to Make the Courts Count 18. Sarbanes-Oxley for Science: A Dozen Ways to Improve Our Regulatory System References Abbreviations