The Lead Industry

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The lead industry obstructed government regulation of lead in paint, water pipes and gasoline for more than 50 years after it was discovered to cause retardation. This resulted in millions of children poisoned by lead, a process that is still continuing because of ubiquitous lead paint in older houses. Major government efforts worldwide have greatly reduced the problem.

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Lead Exposure and Violent Crime in the Early Twentieth Century [More...]
"A growing body of evidence in the social and medical sciences traces high crime rates to high rates of lead exposure...We study the lead-crime relationship using historical data on the water supply of U.S. cities in the late nineteenth century and data on homicide between 1921 and 1936, when the first generation of children exposed to lead through water had reached adulthood."
Lead Poisoning: The Ignored Scandal [More...]
The lead industry obstructed government regulation of lead in paint and gasoline for more than 50 years after it was discovered to cause retardation. This resulted in millions of children poisoned by lead, a process that is still continuing because of ubiquitous lead paint in older houses.
Lead: America's Real Criminal Element [More...]
"The hidden villain behind violent crime, lower IQs, and even the ADHD epidemic... Put this all together and the benefits of lead cleanup could be in the neighborhood of $200 billion per year. In other words, an annual investment of $20 billion for 20 years could produce returns of 10-to-1 every single year for decades to come. Those are returns that Wall Street hedge funds can only dream of."
Patterson and Kehoe, and the great lead debate [More...]
How Robert Kehoe developed the strategy that the lead industry used to avoid regulation and liability over the course of decades of poisoning of millions. A strategy replicated for tobacco, innumerable other pollutants, and global warming denialism.
Phase-out of leaded petrol brings huge health and cost benefits-- United Nations–backed study [More...]
"The California State University study cites the massive benefits the phase-out has brought, including more than 1.2 million fewer premature deaths annually, 125,000 of them of children, with tests showing lead in blood levels dropping dramatically by 90 per cent or more, particularly in cities... It is estimated that $2.4 trillion in costs have been saved each year, equivalent to 4 per cent of global gross domestic product (GDP)."
The Secret History of Lead [More...]
"There is at least one simple lesson to be drawn from the tetraethyl lead story. Industry cannot be trusted to regulate itself, as Clair Patterson -- the man who dated the earth and single-handedly deflated ethylized science -- once remarked."
The thousands of U.S. locales where lead poisoning is worse than in Flint [More...]
"A Reuters examination of lead testing results across the country found almost 3,000 areas with poisoning rates far higher than in the tainted Michigan city. Yet many of these lead hotspots are receiving little attention or funding."
Worse Than Lead? [More...]
An extensive history corporate malfeasance with lead additives in gasoline and the history of the marketing of flame retardants despite knowledge that they were not safe nor effective.

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