At last week’s International Conference on Climate Change in Las Vegas, US Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) opened the conference with a rant against fluoridation.
Rohrabacher started his rant against all scientific claims that he believes are now hoaxes, starting with the o-zone layer:
“The ozone hole is sort of like global warming, and was sort of an exaggerated position on some readings,” said Rohrabacher. “Remember acid rain?” he continued, claiming that turned out to be a “non-issue.”
Rohrabacher continued his rant into water fluoridation:
“I don’t know whether or not fluoridating the water helps people’s teeth become better or not,” said Rohrabacher. “I don’t know that,” he continued, “But I do know that in this country, we should be the ones who should be deciding what we put into our bodies one way or the other, not the federal government or the local government putting fluoride into our water!”
His mention of fluoride seemed to elicit a positive reaction from the crowd, made up mostly of members of the Heartland Institute, a science denial group who sponsors the annual conference.
The institute was known in the 90’s for their denial that smoking caused cancer, and other scientific truths that would put pressure on big business to make changes to their business models. Big tobacco and other industries have funded the institutes continued denial of mainstream science.
This is yet further evidence that the right is not denying climate change based on any scientific evidence or model.