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Until the [...] uncertainties on low-dose response are resolved, the Committee believes that an increase in the risk of tumour induction proportionate to the radiation dose is consistent with developing knowledge and that it remains, accordingly, the most scientifically defensible approximation of low-dose response. However, a strictly linear dose response should not be expected in all circumstances. UNSCEAR reportYet Coulter continues to pass this off as accepted fact quoting spurious studies to back up her ridiculous claims. What is sickening however is that she has the audacity to downplay the devastating effects of the nuclear explosion at Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine, not to mention the lack of sensitivty towards the families of the Fukushima 50. In an effort to peddle her junk, Coulter makes an appearance on the US right-wing Rupert Murdoch owned television channel Fox News and explains what can be laughably called her theories to presenter Bill O' Reilly.
I should point out that I am not a fan of Fox News nor of O'Reilly but I have to raise my hat to the man who very calmly exposed more holes in Coulter's premise than a block of the finest Swiss cheese. Her argument that the stories reported in the media are nothing more than lies purported by anti-nuclear campaigners is very much akin to climate change deniers who believe that global warming is a socialist conspiracy designed to undermine capitalism and reduce the quality of life for all Americans.
The issue is not whether Radiation Hermoesis works, it may well do and no doubt scientists are still looking into this possibility. Ann Coulter however is the epitome of hardcore conservatism in the US, leaving even some neo-cons seeming moderate in comparison and people listen to her because she spouts her poison so loud and with an air of authority. Luckily an organisation called Left Action has started a petition expressing outrage at Coulter's comments, and challenging her to back up her claims. For every signature collected Left Action will donate one penny towards the cost of Coulter's flight to the Fukushima plant where she can assist with clean up operations, minus protective gear. I seriously doubt she will take up the offer.