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The Polluters : The Making of Our Chemically Altered Environment (Hardcover)

Author: Ross, Benjamin

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"The Polluters documents how the strategies used by today's polluters to duck regulation of their toxic chemicals were pioneered by polluters who poisoned the American landscape and killed hundreds of Americans in the early twentieth century. For nearly one hundred years, corporate polluters have subverted democracy and corrupted public officials to control government regulation of toxic chemicals, maximizing profits at the expense of public health."---Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

"The Polluters is a readable, comprehensive, and authoritative study of the history of pollution. No matter how much you think you know about this issue, you'll learn something from this book---and you'll be outraged as well as informed."---David Kusnet, Chief Speechwriter for President Bill Clinton, 1992-1994

"The Polluters is a fascinating account of how the polluters in this country got away with murder for decades. This book puts a name and face on the many polluters who knew for years the damage they were doing to the public's health and to the environment and unveils their efforts to cover up the effects of this pollution; a must for any activist who wants to understand the strategies these polluters used to continue business as usual."---Lois Gibbs, Executive Director, Center for Health, Environment & Justice

that irrevocably damages today's environment is, although many would like us to believe otherwise, the legacy of conscious choices made long ago. During the years before and just after World War II, discoveries like leaded gasoline and DDT came to market, creating new hazards even as the expansion and mechanization of industry exacerbated old ones. Dangers still felt today---smog, pesticides, lead, chromium, chlorinated solvents, asbestos, even global warming---were already ognized by chemists, engineers, doctors, and business managers of that era. A few courageous individuals spoke out without compromise, but still more ignored scientific truth in pursuit of money and prestige.

The Polluters reveals at last the crucial decisions that allowed environmental issues to be trumped by political agendas. It spotlights the leaders of the chemical industry and describes how they applied their economic and political power to prevent the creation of an effective system of environmental regulation. Research was slanted, unwelcome discoveries were suppressed, and friendly experts were placed in positions of influence, as science was subverted to serve the interests of business. The story of The Polluters is one that needs to be told, an unflinching depiction of the onslaught of chemical pollution and the chemical industry's unwillingness to face up to its devastating effects

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Publisher Oxford Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780199739950
SKU 214685862
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0199739951
Release Date 9/1/2010
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0223
Publisher Oxford University Press, USA
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