Andy Wells, the outspoken Mayor of St. John's, has outraged Canadian environmentalists and physicians with his comments that David Suzuki and Al Gore are "junk scientists," and that herbicides in small amounts are safe.
I think there's a lot of junk science out there that's masquerading as true science,'' the Mayor told CanWest News Service yesterday...
"I always thought David Suzuki was a charlatan,'' he said.
Mr. Wells said Mr. Gore, Mr. Suzuki and the Sierra Club of Canada trade on fear to scare Canadians into giving them money to fund their activities.
Mr. Wells said no scientific evidence existed to show pesticide use caused cancers and he said 2,4-D -- a herbicide
No scientific evidence? Just curious what qualifications Wells has to refute the expert opinion:
"If you look at the health experts," he said, "what they're saying is any amount of these chemicals can be dangerous, particularly to children."
Stephen Hazell, executive director with the Ottawa-based Sierra Club of Canada, said Mr. Wells is free to call people junk scientists, but advised the mayor not to ignore the growing scientific evidence that pesticides cause adverse health effects in human beings.
"We know that concentrations of some of these compounds -- dioxins and furans -- are toxic in parts per billion."
One guess, which party do you think Mr. Wells votes for in elections? Quick.
There is a growing trend, wherein people seem to disregard simple science because it might inconvenience their stubborn ways. "Health experts", not lunatic charlatans, with a political agenda. Come to think of it, maybe all this denier rhetoric is a by-product of the neurological disorders caused by pesticides. Is that irony?