Federal Government Relying on Science?

Graham Thomson of the Edmonton Journal hit the nail on the head in this column when he suggests that the federal Tories hear what they want from researchers.

Recently, the federal Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq announced a scientific investigation to examine possible links between wind turbine noise and adverse health effects on nearby residents. Thomson suggests, “The study ordered by a pro-fossil fuel government seems to be motivated less by scientific curiosity and more by a bias against alternative sources of energy.” He goes on to write, “If the government wants to use science to undermine the expansion of wind power, it has to also act on the science linking emissions of greenhouse gases to climate change. That means taking action to significantly reduce our emissions.”

Along with the tar sands operations in Alberta, coal-fired electricity generation adds significantly to Canada’s total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Why isn’t a federal scientific investigation being conducted on the impact of coal-fired power generation on our country’s GHG output? This would seem to complement the recently announced investigation on the possible health effects of wind turbine noise.

And while we’re on the topic of using science as a basis for government decision-making, why isn’t the federal government conducting research on the documented negative health effects of overhead high voltage power lines? Several years ago, RETA asked both the federal Health Minister and Alberta Health Minister to conduct research on this topic, rather than relying on the lobbying by the electricity transmission industry which of course dismisses any evidence of the negative health impacts of overhead power lines.

The fact is, there is ample scientific and medical evidence of the many negative health effects of both electromagnetic fields (EMFs) and pollutant-laden corona ions that emanate from overhead high voltage transmission lines. The International Commission for Electromagnetic Safety (ICEMS) has repeatedly encouraged governments around the world to adopt a framework of guidelines for public and occupational EMF exposure that reflects the overwhelming evidence that prolonged exposure to overhead high voltage power line EMFs has serious negative health risks including cancers, Alzheimer’s disease, birth defects, immune system deficiencies, depression, suicide and many more. (The ICEMS is an independent science-based body that is not funded or influenced by the electricity transmission industry.)

~ by RETA on August 10, 2012.

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