Featured Speaker: David Michaels, Author, Doubt is Their Product
Introduction by: Jonathan Moreno, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
"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 his eye-opening new book, Doubt is Their Product, David Michaels reveals how the tobacco industry’s duplicitous tactics spawned a multimillion dollar industry that is dismantling public health safeguards.
Industry executives, he argues, have hired unscrupulous scientists and lobbyists to skew the scientific literature, manufacture and magnify scientific uncertainty, and influence policy decisions to the advantage of polluters and the manufacturers of dangerous products. In doing so, they have delayed action on specific hazards—including global warming, asbestos, lead, plastics, and many other toxic materials—and constructed barriers to make it harder for lawmakers, government agencies, and courts to respond to future threats. As a Newsweek reviewer recently commented, "This book will shock anyone who still believes that ‘science’ and ‘integrity’ are soulmates."
Please join the Center for American Progress for a presentation by David Michaels on industry’s assault on science and the consequences for public health.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008 Program: 12:30pm to 1:30pm Admission is free.
A light lunch will be served at 12:00 pm.
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