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Undermining science, by sowing seeds of doubt, has become standard operating procedure for corporations that produce products which may be harmful to our health. That’s according to , a professor at the George Washington University School of Public Health. He says tobacco companies developed the playbook on how to question science, in order to fight government regulations. But their tactics have been imitated by plenty of other industries, from alcohol to fossil fuel to the NFL.
Michaels, author of “,” explains a strategy used to manipulate government leaders, which, he says, has even .
- Michaels led the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) during the Obama administration, and he says our regulatory system has been “on the decline for a really long time.” He blames both Democrats and Republicans for underfunding agencies that provide oversight.
- The epidemiologist has called on the Trump administration to have OSHA issue an emergency temporary standard to help protect health care and other workers from COVID-19, but the administration and the Senate that would require OSHA to do it.
- He argues human health has played second-fiddle to economic interests for too long and was evident when President Trump about of social distancing.
- Learn about the role OSHA could play in protecting health care and other essential workers during the coronavirus pandemic, for The Atlantic.
- Read about the demands that to during the crisis.
- Find out more about over a toxic chemical, and read the New York Times Magazine feature about “ ,” a story that was dramatized by the movie “Dark Waters.”