Deceit and Denial: The Deadly Politics of Industrial Pollution / Edition 1

Deceit and Denial: The Deadly Politics of Industrial Pollution / Edition 1

by Gerald Markowitz, David Rosner, David Rosner
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520240634

ISBN-13: 9780520240636

Pub. Date: 09/15/2003

Publisher: University of California Press

This book explains the public relations campaign undertaken by the lead industry to persuade Americans to use its deadly product in painting walls, toys, furniture, and other objects in America's homes despite a wealth of information that children were at risk for serious brain damage and death from ingesting this poison. It describes how European and American…  See more details below

Overview

This book explains the public relations campaign undertaken by the lead industry to persuade Americans to use its deadly product in painting walls, toys, furniture, and other objects in America's homes despite a wealth of information that children were at risk for serious brain damage and death from ingesting this poison. It describes how European and American plastics industries worked together to keep secret the cancer-producing potential of one of its key ingredients, vinyl chloride monomer, the basic building block of polyvinyl chloride. Terrified that public knowledge would lead to bans or strict regulation, the industry planned an elaborate deception of the government agency responsible for protecting the health of the workforce.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520240636
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
09/15/2003
Series:
California/Milbank Books on Health and the Public Series, #6
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
428
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword

Preface

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Industry's Child

The House of the Butterflies

Lead Poisoning among Workers and Consumers

A Child Lives in a Lead World

Cater to the Children

The Promotion of White Lead

Old Poisons, New Problems

Better Living through Chemistry?

Evidence of an Illegal Conspiracy by Industry

Damn Liars

Ol' Man River or Cancer Alley?

A Hazy Mixture

Science, Civil Rights, Pollution, and Politics

Science and Prudent Public Policy

Conclusion

Notes

Index

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