Kudos to politicians who ignore big industry

Green Party leaders willing to stand up to industry

Re: Green Party gets lost in static (B.C. Views, Aug. 3)

After reading Tom Fletcher’s attack on Elizabeth May and Jane Sterk, I’m grateful that we have those leaders who have the courage to question why we should accept the wireless industry’s word that wireless technology is safe. Yet, Fletcher doesn’t have a problem with this. He expects us to accept his opinion that “… after many years of study, the evidence that cellphones and such devices cause illness remains at precisely zero.”

Zero? This sounds like when the tobacco industry said years ago that there is no correlation between cancer and tobacco smoke.

Has Fletcher ever heard of George Carlo, an epidemiologist and medical scientist who from 1993 to 1999 headed the first telecommunications industry-backed studies into the dangers of cellphone use? His work revealed preventable health hazards associated with cellphone use. Angered by his findings, they now do everything to discredit him.

The prudent thing to do is to exercise caution, rather than waiting until harm from cellphones becomes evident. Thank goodness people like Elizabeth May and Jane Sterk are willing to stand up and speak openly as politicians and not wholeheartedly accept the word of the industry.

Peter Dixon

Saanich