Let’s add this one to the discussion and debate about “Agenda-driven science.”
In an attempt to reduce litigation costs, Georgia-Pacific – “one of the world’s leading makers of tissue, pulp, packaging, building products and related chemicals” according to GP’s official website – launched a secret campaign to produce and publish counterfeit science designed to raise doubts about the dangers of asbestos. You can read the full story here.
According to The Union of Concerned Scientists: “beginning in 2005, Georgia-Pacific crafted and published counterfeit science — seeding the literature with articles intended to raise doubts about the dangers posed by asbestos. In so doing, the company created a life-threatening hazard by deceiving those who rely on science to understand the health risks of asbestos exposure.”
Again, you can read the full story here.
For whatever it’s worth:
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