Nicholas Kristof this week wrote about the strategic and methodical ways the chemical industry is trying to get Congress to stop talking about what chemicals cause cancer. We have written about the industry's continuing attacks on policies promoting safer chemicals, and it is encouraging to see national journalists talk about the same thing.
"The industry’s strategy is to lobby Congress to cut off money for the Report on Carcinogens, a 500-page consensus document published every two years by the National Institutes of Health, containing the best information about what agents cause cancer. If that sounds like shooting the messenger, well, it is," says Kristof.
He goes on to talk about the American Chemistry Council and its role in Washington.
"The chemical industry is represented in Washington by the American Chemistry Council, which is the lobbying front for chemical giants like Exxon Mobil, Dow, BASF and DuPont. Those companies should understand that they risk their reputations when they toy with human lives."