E&B FACT CHECK: “Trust the Scientists” Ad

There a 2 areas where this ad is misleading.

  1. Canadian company Intrinsik’s definition of “significant” means permanent illnesses occurring throughout all of Hermosa.  The HIA lists MANY health impacts, including the possibility of death. If you read the details of the HIA, it is not a healthy project for the people who live, work, and visit in this area. Click here for the detail from the Health Impact Analysis (HIA) and to listen to Intrinsik actually making a joke about death from this project in a city council meeting last year.
  2. As for the Robert Kennedy Jr. comment in the ad (regardless of your opinion of vaccines), there are a couple of things that are wrong.
    1. Robert Kennedy Jr.is NOT the leader of the anti-vaccine movement.
    2. Robert Kennedy Jr.was quoted today as saying:  “I am pro-vaccine. I had all six of my children vaccinated. I believe that vaccines have saved the lives of hundreds of millions of humans over the past century and that broad vaccine coverage is critical to public health. But I want our vaccines to be as safe as possible.”  While many disagree with him on banning thimerosal in vaccines, this has NOTHING to do with the health and safety risk of this oil drilling project and has nothing to do with the upcoming discussion on environment in which Robert Kennedy Jr. is a panelist, among many panelists.