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GW: Professor Testifies Before House of Representatives Subcommittee

Dr. David Michaels, a professor of environmental and occupational health at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, testified on Capitol Hill about how industries mislead the public about health and environmental risks. The event was held by the U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, as part of a month-long series of hearings on climate change held by several congressional committees.

Dr. Michaels spoke about how the fossil fuel industry employs various tactics used by the tobacco industry and others, to misinform the public about dangers associated with climate change. In his testimony, he provided examples of previous cases of disinformation campaigns, including those related to opioid use, brain injuries in professional athletes and tobacco use.

“These disinformation campaigns are public relations disguised as science,” Dr. Michaels said in his testimony.

Dr. Michaels is the former Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in the Obama Administration and is considered one of the top experts on campaigns to mislead the American public.

Read Dr. Michaels’ full testimony.

View video of Dr. Michaels’ statement.

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