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#61#62#63#64 Episode #65 - The Petro-Chemical Carpetbaggers
(Chemical Industry Money Subverting Science)



Sat 2 June 2001  Local Fingerlakes residents, Various panellists
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Download Hour1 Download Hour2The fight to stop oil and gas drilling in the Fingerlakes National Forest, and a panel on how chemical industry money is subverting scientific research, regulatory agencies and public health and safety.
The poisoning and destruction of our environment is a global emergency. It has impacts that range from individual health to the persistence of life as we know it on this planet. The decisions about what happens in these arenas are increasingly governed by the bottom line of corporations and their investors. The institutions that are supposed to work in the public interest have been correspondingly weakened as come under escalating corporate influence and control. Lies, bribes and other corrupt practices permeate the processes that shape public policy. In our first hour, we focus on an urgent local issue - the effort to stop the destruction of the Fingerlakes National forest by oil and gas drilling. For the rest of the show, we hear a panel of scientists, scholars and advocates in the field of public health discussing how corporate money in scientific research is being used to manipulate results to the detriment of public health and safety.
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