Past Event

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse – Manufacturing Doubt: The Industry Playbook for Undermining Science and Thwarting Regulation

October 27, 2016
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Alumni Auditorium, Black Building 650 West 168th Street, New York

This year’s speaker at the annual Isidore I. Benrubi Lecture is Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, United States Senator from Rhode Island.

In the United States Senate, Sheldon Whitehouse has earned a reputation as a fierce advocate for progressive values and a thoughtful legislator capable of reaching across the aisle to achieve bipartisan solutions.  The Providence Journal described Sheldon as “a strong-willed and articulate member of the Senate on national issues and an energetic champion of Rhode Island economic and other interests.”

Senator Whitehouse is fighting to reduce carbon pollution, protect public health, and position America as a leader in the clean energy economy. Every week, he speaks out on the Floor of the Senate, urging Congress to wake up to the threat of climate change. He has also introduced legislation to put a fee on carbon, establishing a market incentive to reduce emissions.

As Rhode Island’s Attorney General, Whitehouse brought an innovative public nuisance action against the companies that manufactured lead-contaminated paint. Earlier this year, Whitehouse introduced legislation that would offer federal tax credits to help millions of families pay for the removal of lead from their homes.

A graduate of Yale University and the University of Virginia School of Law, Whitehouse served as Rhode Island’s U.S. Attorney and state Attorney General before being elected to the United States Senate in 2006.  He is a member of the Budget Committee; the Environment and Public Works Committee; the Judiciary Committee; the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee; and the Special Committee on Aging.

Reception to follow the lecture. Please register on Eventbrite.

The Isidore I. Benrubi Lecture was named and endowed by Dr. Guy Benrubi and his family, in honor of their father, Isidore Benrubi.  Isidore Benrubi believed that history and science provide the necessary tools for people to make informed decisions on issues of health and human rights.