Policy Documents

Environmentalism at Wit's End: A Review of Pandora's Poison

February 19, 2000

In a February 2000 paper for The Heartland Institute, Heartland President Joseph Bast reviews a book by Greenpeace activist Joe Thornton titled, Pandora's Poison: Chlorine, Health, and a New Environmental Strategy. Thorton's book posits that modern toxicology and epidemiology lack the tools to safely protect humans from dangerous man-made chlorine-based chemicals and calls for the immediate "sunset" of their commercial use.

Bast criticizes Thornton for making several false assumptions, attacking scientists' integrity, and for trying to hide a dubious political agenda.