The latest thuggish attempt to wrestle concessions from Americans is the claim that breast cancer is caused by trace chemicals in the environment. The villain here is the American Cancer Society and Julia G. Brody, executive director of the Silent Spring Institute (yes, they chose an environmental extremist group that boasts a dedication "to identifying the links between the environment and breast cancer" to write a study on whether breat cancer is caused by chemicals). The skeptic is Elizabeth Whelan, president of the American Council on Science and Health, and a longtime foe of political opportunists who use fear to push change. Her main gripe is that the media publicized the report uncritically, never venturing a question about its conclusions. That's no surprise -- journalists are there to change the world too. They don't have time to study anything!
Squeezing Breast Cancer for Political Profit
By ACSH Staff — May 27, 2007
By ACSH Staff