Chemicals, Cancer, and Choices

Chemicals, Cancer, and Choices

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This book offers readers a unique way to sort through the rhetoric that accompanies questions of science and health. Surprisingly, the answers are not to be found in more and better scientific research. Better studies can reduce - but not eliminate - our uncertainty about chemical side effects. The market provides the sorting mechanism through which many of the conflicts may be reconciled. In the case of exposures that arise from the consumption of specific products, markets permit individuals to choose their level of exposure. Even when everyone is exposed to chemicals in the air, the creation of a market for emission rights would allow the cautious to purchase such rights and reduce their exposure. Emission rights also would allow firms to increase their pollution in return for compensating everyone else for increased risk. In short, the market affords individualized responses to chemical risk as an alternative to government-imposed rules for everyone.... when it rated as unacceptable the Suzuki Samurai in 1988 (Levin 1988) and the Isuzu Trooper in 1996 (Boot 1996). 30. ... that building codes could be changed to make housing less expensive without compromising safety (DeParle 1993).

Title:Chemicals, Cancer, and Choices
Author: Peter M. VanDoren
Publisher:Cato Institute - 1999

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