NYTimes resurrects power line scare

The New York Times helps enviros and NIMBY-ers fight power lines.

In last weekend’s “Drawing the Line at Power Lines“, New York Times reporter Elizabeth Rosenthal asserts:

…Opponents of transmission lines worry about the effect of huge latticed towers on wide-open vistas, as well as the impact of electromagnetic fields on wildlife and human health. Studies show an increased incidence of some cancers in children who have been exposed to electrical fields typical of those close to the lines…. [Emphasis added]

The assertion is false. While some studies have reported weak and/or insignificant correlations between residential proximity to power lines and cancer incidence, none of these studies have “shown” that living near power lines has any effect on cancer risk.

That is why the power line scare died out at the end of the last century.

Click for the October 1996 National Research Council report that buried the scare, but not the power lines.

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3 responses to “NYTimes resurrects power line scare

  1. That hoary chestnut still around? Old canards never die.

  2. Maybe, in direct response to the New York Times perfectly accurate science, all electrical power should be cut into the state of New York. Do these fools think you can have electricity without a carrier system?

  3. Wind turbines can’t be any less damaging to the skyline as transmission line towers. Wind turbines also must generatre electromagnetic waves through the operaion of the generators. Some day alarmists will be publishing storys about cancer deaths due to wind turbines

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