Carrie Nielsen, "Unleaded: How Changing Our Gasoline Changed Everything"

Main Point Books celebrates our neighbor Carrie Nielsen as she launches her first book, "Unleaded: How Changing Gasoline Changed Everything."

This event is scheduled to be live, in-person, in the bookstore. To be Covid-safe, seats are limited so pre-registration is required. Masks will also be required. If we need to switch to virtual to keep everyone safe, we'll let you know immediately and open up more tickets.

About the Author

Carrie Nielsen is an associate professor of biology and environmental science at Cabrini University in Radnor, Pennsylvania. Her research interests include environmental justice, science pedagogy, interdisciplinary teaching, watershed management, nutrient cycling in forest soils, and faith perspectives on environmental sustainability. She lives in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania with her husband and two daughters. Dr. Nielsen earned a PhD in Geological and Environmental Sciences in 2006 from Stanford University, and a BS in Environmental Studies in 1998 from Brown University.

About the Book

When leaded gasoline was first developed in the 1920s, medical experts were quick to warn of the public health catastrophes it would cause. Yet government regulators did not heed their advice, and for more than half a century, nearly all cars used leaded gasoline, which contributed to a nationwide epidemic of lead poisoning. By the 1970s, 99.8% of American children had significantly elevated levels of lead in their blood.

Unleaded tells the story of how crusading scientists and activists convinced the U.S. government to ban lead additives in gasoline. It also reveals how, for nearly fifty years, scientific experts paid by the oil and mining industries abused their authority to convince the public that leaded gasoline was perfectly harmless.

Combining environmental history, sociology, and neuroscience, Carrie Nielsen explores how lead exposure affects the developing brains of children and is linked to social problems including academic failure, teen pregnancies, and violent crime. She also shows how, even after the nationwide outrage over Flint’s polluted water, many poor and minority communities and communities of color across the United States still have dangerously high lead levels. Unleaded vividly depicts the importance of sound science and strong environmental regulations to protect our nation’s most vulnerable populations.


Event date: 

Wednesday, September 22, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Event address: 

Main Point Books


Unleaded: How Changing Our Gasoline Changed Everything By Carrie Nielsen Cover Image
Title is Backordered
ISBN: 9781978821002
Published: Rutgers University Press - September 17th, 2021