Poisoned for Pennies: The Economics of Toxics and Precaution

Poisoned for Pennies: The Economics of Toxics and Precaution

by Frank Ackerman
     
 

Poisoned for Pennies shows how the misuse of cost-benefit analysis is impeding efforts to clean up and protect our environment, especially in the case of toxic chemicals. According to Ackerman, conservatives—in elected office, in state and federal regulatory agencies, and in businesses of every size—have been able to successfully argue that

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Overview

Poisoned for Pennies shows how the misuse of cost-benefit analysis is impeding efforts to clean up and protect our environment, especially in the case of toxic chemicals. According to Ackerman, conservatives—in elected office, in state and federal regulatory agencies, and in businesses of every size—have been able to successfully argue that environmental clean-up and protection are simply too expensive. This new book, which finds Ackerman ranging from psychological research to risk analysis to the benefits of aggressive pesticide regulation, and from mad cow disease to lead paint, will further his reputation as a thought leader in environmental protection. We can’t afford not to listen to him.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597264006
Publisher:
Island Press
Publication date:
05/28/2008
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Frank Ackerman is the director of the Research and Policy Program at the Global Development and the Environment Institute at Tufts University. He is the author of Why Do We Recycle? (Island Press) and Priceless: On Knowing the Price of Everything and the Value of Nothing (with Lisa Heinzerling). He has conducted research for many environmental groups, including Greenpeace, Riverkeeper, and the Farmworker Justice Fund.

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Pricing the Priceless 1

Ch. 2 Was Environmental Protection Ever a Good Idea? 31

Ch. 3 The Unbearable Lightness of Regulatory Costs 63

Ch. 4 Precaution, Uncertainty, and Dioxin 83

Ch. 5 The Economics of Atrazine 95

Ch. 6 Ignoring the Benefits of Pesticides Regulation 113

Ch. 7 Mad Cows and Computer Models 129

Ch. 8 Costs of Preventable Childhood Illness 141

Ch. 9 Phasing Out a Problem Plastic 161

Ch. 10 The Costs of REACH 183

Ch. 11 Impacts of REACH on Developing Countries 199

Ch. 12 How Should the United States Respond to REACH? 217

Conclusion: Economics and Precautionary Policies 227

App. A Outline of the Arrow-Hurwicz Analysis 233

App. B The Fawcett Report on Atrazine Research 237

App. C How Not to Analyze REACH: the Arthur D. Little Model 241

App. D U.S. Impacts of REACH: Methodology and Data 247

Notes 253

Bibliography 289

Index 311

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